Envy Singer Tetsuya Fukagawa Leaves Band

Envy Singer Tetsuya Fukagawa Leaves Band
The shape of Japanese post-rock institution Envy has been shaken up a bit, with the band reporting that founding vocalist Tetsuya Fukagawa has left the group.

A statement was issued through Envy's Facebook earlier this month, explaining that the vocalist has exited the band. He had co-founded the project in 1992. A specific reason wasn't offered, but the band's Nobukata Kawai, Dairoku Seki, Masahiro Tobita and Manabu Nakagawa report that they'll continue without him.

"We are proud of what we've accomplished over the past twenty years with Tetsu," they wrote in a joint statement. "In consideration of these years and out of respect for all involved, we ask everyone to understand this is a private decision. We wish Tetsu the best of luck and hope for all of his future endeavours to be successful."

It's added that the band will still perform at Japan's Synchronicity Festival on April 24, though the night will find vocal duties handled by "a few of our friends." From there, Envy will focus on writing new music.

Fukagawa sang on six Envy full-lengths, as well as a number of EP and 7-inch releases. His last album with the band was last year's Atheist's Cornea. A stream of that album's "Footsteps in the Distance" can be found below.