To end an evolving trilogy of releases, Australia’s Trophy Eyes have given us ‘The American Dream’, the group’s strongest offering yet – an album packed tightly with massive choruses, intertwining melodies, and snap shots of a band sonically growing before our eyes.
The group have taken cues from a range of artists, whether it’s the combination of The Gaslight Anthem and U2 in ‘Something Bigger Than This’, or channeling the spirit of letlive. in ‘You Can Count Of Me’. The group have taken on a capricious attitude to their influences, and eschewed them towards their own brand of punk anthems.
The term ‘anthem’ is appropriate to describe this album. Not only does the majority of the choruses open up to give way to a melody that you’ll be signing for days, but each song is filled with so many memorable moments that it’s hard to distinguish a clear cut chorus at times with most songs boasting at least two in its arsenal.
The use of song structure is brilliant, with standout tracks such as ‘I Can Feel It Calling’ highlighting this. The verse evolves from a tensely woven guitar and vocal accompaniment into a tightly coiled explosion into a frenetic second verse, dismissing the expected bar count for such a section. Whilst this is indeed a strong representation of the album itself, in no way does it show all it has to offer.
Throughout the course of the album, there are two tracks that deviate from the tone in the form of ‘A Cotton Candy Sky’ and ‘A Symphony Of Crickets’. Both tracks are rooted in a blues and gospel style comprising of acoustic guitars, softer vocals, and hypnotic vocal rhythms creating the sound of a completely different band.
On paper, the intentions and surrounding influences for ‘The American Dream’ shouldn’t work, but not only have Trophy Eyes pulled it off, they’ve left us still wanting more.