Even before the release of their first album, critics unanimously hailed their music with phrases such as “very inventive”, “catchy” “rare naturalness” and “they play and write great songs”. The leading newspaper in Denmark (Politiken) recently named them as “…one of the two most talented bands in Denmark…”
Their first demo was praised by Gaffa (the foremost Danish Pop/Rock magazine) as “Demo of the Month” and their debut at the Spot 06 festival was an immediate success. envelope has already played at most of the radio stations in Denmark as well as on Go’ Morgen Danmark, the equivalent of “Good Morning America” on Danish National TV earlier this year, and has been invited to venues through- out the European continent – all before even releasing a first album.
By the spring of 1998, Christoffer had been isolating himself in his apartment for one and a half years in order to concentrate entirely on writing songs. It was just at that time that he began the auditions that eventually led him to find Morten Ravn and Jesper Valentin Holm. envelope was conceived in the course of that spring. Guitarist Jesper Urban, a Dane whom they met on their first US tour, is the newest addition to envelope.
In the spring of 2001, envelope made their first tour to the US. One of two hundred – out of over 1200 (and the only Scandinavian band) – chosen to play at the NEMO showcase in Boston, envelope showcased at T.T. the Bears Place before playing at a couple of clubs in NYC including Arlene’s Grocery. That summer envelope opened the Roskilde Festival in Denmark and directly afterwards completed their debut album which was recently released in Denmark on the Turmic Records/Chicken Farm label, and will be released in Sweden and Norway in the spring of 2002.
Envelope toured the UK in September/October 2001 and played at The Cavern Clubs in Liverpool and Exeter, The Bull & Gate, Bar Oz, Amersham Arms, etc., and were invited back to each venue.
In November 2001, Envelope released their debut album “STAY” and performed on the hugely popular Danish program “Snurre Snups Söndagsklub” broadcast on Danish national TV to over 200,000 viewers. 2002 commenced auspiciously with a guest return appearance on Go’ Morgen Danmark. In March, envelope performed at Scandinavia’s most important music showcase festival By:Larm Festivalen and was chosen as one of the 21 semi-finalists in the Indie Band Search contest at www.indiebandsearch.com.
After narrowing the entries from 550 bands from around the world to just 21, it was announced on April 17 that envelope had been named as one of the 10 finalists. envelope’s music was heard by an executive judging panel made up of music industry professionals including A&R executives from major labels, publishers, radio programmers, music critics and other industry folks in the US.