Pained and explosive, Trophy Eyes return with new track Hurt.
It is always good to hear new music from one of my favourite bands, especially when said band has so much exciting material in their arsenal. 2014’s Mend, Move On was a triumph in hardcore pop-punk music and will be cemented as one of my all-time favourites, whereas 2016’s Chemical Miracle was a delicately crafted, exploration into what alternative music should truly sound like. Not much to live up to then. The band had been hinting at new material for a while, posting numerous Instagram stories and tweets flirting with the idea of releasing more bangers. Hurt is their newest release, a topic that the band have been known to play with since their inception. To say I was excited was an understatement.
We are softly introduced to this one, the guitar merges into a soft drum beat and then is joined by a crooning vocal from John Floreani. The fact that I am reviewing a Trophy Eyes song that I would have described as starting softly would have been alien to me a couple of years back. The song flows gently through a series of melancholic lyrics which eventually build into an explosion of high notes and whaling lyrics from Floreani. The vocals in the chorus remind me of early 2010’s You Me at Six, obviously with a heavier Aussie twist. Whether that is a compliment or not, I will let you decide.
The breakdown is what excites me the most about this one. “Help me, I need a reason” calls back and forth, the vocals are delicately laid upon one another to build suspense. These cut out and we are left with the solitary voice of the front man, the suspense builds further and we are then met with an explosion of noise again. Not the kind of sound we would normally expect from Trophy Eyes but it is enjoyable nonetheless. Their sound may have appeared to have changed, however, their ambience has not. Frontman John Floreani does a superb job to portray the message of the band in his typically pained fashion.
This song is interesting, it definitely shows the direction in which Trophy Eyes are going in. I feel as though, whether intentional or not, they are moving towards the mainstream. Don’t get me wrong, I am very excited to hear more releases from their latest adventure but this track is not what I would have expected from the band. I feel as though to give this track a full assessment I need to hear more music. I look forward with anticipation.