Trophy Eyes launch their brand of emo pop-rock into the new decade with single, Figure Eight.

Trophy Eyes have undergone a significant transformation during their tenure as one of punk-rock’s leading talents over the past seven years or so. Leaving the likes of In Return and White Curtains firmly in the past, 2020 welcomes the band’s new pop-rock tunes that seem – for the most part – to have captured the hearts of long-time fans who appear to be maturing with the band. The four-piece have arrived in the new decade with a stand-alone single, a refreshed pastel look and a video featuring WWE Superstar, Seth Rollins… yeah, you read that right.

The song skips into motion with opulent positivity, largely thanks to the harmonised waling of the band found deep in the background of the song which persists for 80% of the tune. The verses are upbeat – in sound, not necessarily in terms of lyrical content – and they seem to cycle smoothly into the infectious hook.

The chorus shifts up a gear, and John Floreani welcomes us into a world decorated with some more of his layered musings. Death, drugs, relationships – if it’s dark, there is a strong possibility Floreani has eloquently penned his thoughts on the topic and related them to his own personal experiences in a Trophy Eyes song before. Figure Eight, however, seems to hold a slightly more optimistic nature at its core as Floreani and co. attempt to sonically represent the extreme lust and passion of a relationship in its embers. 

Can you feel it inside?

Anything can change in the light.

The most notable part of the latter stages of this song comes when the saxophone arrives… yeah, again, you read that right. Sax in a Trophy Eye song? Try explaining that to a 2014 fan of the band. However, by offering a nice respite from the unrelenting, circular verses and chorus, the introduction of the instrument provides great variety and leaves the song in strong, memorable stead. 

This song is far from the likes of Chemical Miracle and couldn’t be more distant from Mend, Move On, but it is still utterly enjoyable. After the somewhat discursive release of The American Dream, it feels as though the four-piece are back on track. The band may have sadly left the gripping, aggressive tones seen in their early music behind, but this is a new chapter. Welcome to 2020 Trophy Eyes fans.

3.5/5 Bytes

Callum Huthwaite

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