Since their formation in 1992, Envy has become a dominant band in the independent hardcore and screamo scene in Japan. Their music has evolved over the years to incorporate hardcore, screamo, and most recently, the epic tendencies of post-rock. Envy is characterized by their ability to master screamo's loud-soft dynamic to evoke both crushing brutality and gentle beauty, often within the same song. Much has been made of vocalist Tetsuya Fukugawa's own skill at commanding this dichotomy and thusly their live shows have grown in legend over the years. The band is also noted for their deep and poetic lyrics.
The band has become increasingly popular among the post rock scene in the last few years for their incorporation of Mogwai-esque sound and composition dynamics into more traditional screamo songs. This new influence can be most easily identified on their last three releases, "All The Footprints You've Ever Left And The Fear Expecting Ahead" released by Dim Mak,"A Dead Sinking Story" released on Level Plane and "Insomniac Doze" released on Temporary Residence Limited.
The band has since become friends with Mogwai and vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa was featured on a track from Mogwai's 2006 album "Mr. Beast."
In March of 2006, it was announced that Envy had signed to Temporary Residence Limited for American distribution of Insomniac Doze (though it was released by Mogwai's Rock Action label in Europe and Envy's own Sonzai Records in Japan). The move was significant because Level Plane is a screamo oriented label and Temporary Residence is a post rock oriented label (featuring bands like Mono and Explosions In The Sky), thus signalling a more serious shift in the band's style of music. The band has said that this latest album is one step closer to their ideal music. The 7 track album, Insomniac Doze, was released in the summer of 2006 and was accompanied by a full american tour, some of which was in conjunction with Explosions in the Sky and Mono.