Foo Fighters meets Taking Back Sunday meets Circa Survive in Trophy Eyes’s new album “Chemical Miracle”. The Australian alternative punk 5 piece master their heavy-duty sound and stay original doing it. We all know bands in this genre who tend to mask the lack of songwriting ability with overbearing cymbals aggressive distortion. Trophy Eyes distance themselves from these flaws by keeping the vocals crisp and upfront. Upon first listen, the untrained ear can distinguish nearly every word over the angry chords. A forewarning though, this album is much grimmer than you think.
Opening on quite a melancholy note is “Chlorine.” It depicts a story of two unlikely friends, one saving the other from drowning only to take his own life sometime in the future. The song drips with furious sadness as the singer wonders if his friend knew what he meant to him. The lyrics convey the message of thinking twice before taking that awful step. The following track “Counting Sheep” keeps up an anti-suicide motif as singer John Floreani shouts that often people underestimate how the smallest words can prevent tragedy.
Despite the heavy storylines to these songs, there’s no need to be turned off from the sadness of the lyrics. The instrumentals just don’t seem to contain those bleak feelings. The grim themes turn a little brighter in “Breath You In”: a song about the moment of lying together with your S.O. and literally breathing them in(don’t worry, the song isn’t that creepy). Coupled with a kitschy and funny music video, this track is certainly the gem of the album.
The feeling of not belonging is exemplified in the song “Home Is.” It describes the nomad lifestyle of a young runaway as he searches for solace at the bottom of a bottle. Despite his self-loathing and endless search to belong to something, he feels most at home when he’s lost.
This album is filled with tight snare hits and some expertly timed, pensive guitar riffs. The songwriting is a refreshing notch above most alternative bands and one can find enjoyment in actually listening to the lyrics as opposed to just jumping around at their warped tour appearances. They drive home the theme of not taking life for granted but at the same time address the problems that make people feel isolated and alone. You’ll feel just as comfortable listening to this album on a lonely nighttime jog as you would on the ride home from work on Friday.
The album definitely deserves a few spins and it’s exciting to see a band with this much potential.