You can assume a lot about a band from the shows they play, especially as newcomers getting support slots on tours overseas. Since they formed in 2013, Trophy Eyes have hit the UK with Neck Deep, Knuckle Puck, and As It Is, leading all signs pointing to the new wave of pop-punk and the recycled The Story So Far sound.
Thankfully, the Australians have too much going on to be pigeonholed into any genre, nevermind the oversaturated world of angst ridden, hoarse vocals pop-punk world of 2016. ‘Chemical Miracle’ is an emotionally fuelled punk record that hits hard in both the raw lyrics and the melodic riffs that compliment the gut wrenching, honest vocals solemnly.
The variation of Trophy Eyes keeps the album ticking along with intrigue and unpredictability, yet the aesthetic of gloom self-deprecation is kept constant throughout. ‘Suicide Pact’ and ‘Nose Bleed’ are solid punk rock songs in the vein of The Flatliners and would slot onto the Fat Wreck Chords roster without a bat of an eyelid, but then the more heartfelt ‘Rain On Me’ has a bridge section which is more reminiscent of Black Sabbath than anything contemporary.
Single ‘Breathe You In’ is so laid back that you’d think you were listening to Basement, but then the overwhelming power of the screams in the quick but monumental ‘Chemical’ has Touché Amoré written all over it.
The citations of all these different bands creates a supernova of genres that give Trophy Eyes such a brilliant and welcome sound. John Floreani seems to have almost limitless capabilities to his voice, and the band can produce whatever brand of heart on sleeve rock that they wish. They need to grab on to the correct audience and hit the stages in front of a demographic willing of their layered and interesting music, with the likes of letlive. and Touché Amoré so that they can hit the full success potential.
‘Chemical Miracle’ has everything that emotional music should in 2016; it’s powerful, interesting, and genuinely raw to the bone.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)
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