#Review: Trophy Eyes – The American Dream đŸ‡şđŸ‡¸


   

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Muzik Speaks Loves Hopeless Records - SmallerTrophy Eyes are an Australian pop punk band consisting of John Floreani (lead vocals), Jeremy Winchester (bass guitar & backing vocals), Andrew Hallett (lead guitar), Kevin Cross (rhythm guitar) and Blake Caruso (drums). To date, the band have released 2 albums and an EP through Hopeless Records and this, The American Dream, is their third full-length album. Here’s what we have to say…

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The American Dream has a much more mature sound to it than either of the band’s previous releases. It’s somewhere in the vein of Sugarcult‘s Lights Out and You Me At Six‘s Cavalier Youth with some of Thirty Seconds To MarsThis Is War epicness thrown in.

The first track, ‘Autumn’, launches the album with a life-spanning and reflective tune that whilst it doesn’t quite burst into frantic action like so many other pop punk albums, sets a more impressive tone for the rest of the record.

Next comes ‘Something Bigger Than This’, a rather emotive track about being something more than we perceive and how life will make more sense at the end. It’s not crass or overly indulgent in insincerity like so many other bands – this feels real and honest.

In my opinion, ‘Friday Forever’ is by far the best track on the record – from it’s frantic, guitar-driven verses, to its suspenseful build-up into the powerhouse that is the chorus, this track just bursts at the seems with euphoric pop punk at its best. This is definitely a track to keep on repeat!

From epic choruses to emotive lyrics and powerful, pained vocals to punchy guitars, The American Dream is an album that will drive this band forward in their career.

Some of the other, most notable songs include: ‘More Like You’ which is certainly a crowd-pleaser, with its “woah ohs” but has the added depth of scream vocals; ‘You Can Count On Me’ is a definite summer anthem with its massive crescendo and satirical look at band life with the chorus hook, “Some of my friends sell drugs but I just sell sad songs to the ones who feel alone”; ‘Broken’ is a beautiful, ballad-esque track that has a understated yet very catchy chorus – a brilliantly-written track that’s very different to some of the other tracks on the album and ‘Lavender Bay’ feels very nostalgic with mellow, melodic verses and a big gang-vocal chorus singing about how the band won’t rest until they’ve “made it” with the addition of a key change!

The album has a beautifully rich and diverse tone to it – ‘A Cotton Candy Sky’ is an intensely dark and haunting song that feels a little out of place but it’s eerily captivating whilst ‘Tip Toe’ is a great little ballad.

‘I Can Feel It Calling’ is a monumental track, coming in at over 6 minutes in length and going through a range of sounds and displaying a variety of influences, bringing this stunning album to a wonderful close.

This is certainly an album you’ll have on repeat as there’s just so much to love about it! From epic choruses to emotive lyrics and powerful, pained vocals to punchy guitars, The American Dream is an album that will drive this band forward in their career, taking a slightly new direction but picking up new fans along the way. 2018 should be an exciting time for the Australian quintet!

Rating
4-5


‘The American Dream’ is out 27/07/18 and can be downloaded from iTunes – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/the-american-dream/1382478709


The American Dream on Spotify

Available Friday 27th July 2018.

You Can Count On Me (Official Music Video)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gs_7y0ToBcU


We hope you’ve enjoyed our review! What do you think of the band’s latest album, The American Dream? Are you as much of a fan as us? What would you rate it out of 5? Please leave your thoughts in a comment below or via our social media.


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#Two4Tunesday: Maroon 5 – ‘This Summer’s Gonna Hurt’ & Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up + Dance’

This week’s #Two4Tunesday features the new singles from the unstoppable Maroon 5 and indie-pop band Walk The Moon!


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Maroon 5 are one of those bands who seem to go from strength to strength (just like OneRepublic) and this new track, This Summer’s Gonna Hurt (or for it’s full name This Summer’s Gonna Hurt Like A Motherf****r), sees them take on a completely new vibe.

It still remains a pop-rock track, much like the band’s other songs, however this one has a clear crowd-pleaser chant to it and it isn’t as obviously catchy and pop-y as some of their other hits. It will undoubtedly be another hit for the band though, ahead of their re-release of 2014’s album, V.

Maroon 5 – ‘This Summer’ (Lyric Video) (Explicit)

**WARNING** – this video contains explicit lyrics.


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This next choice is by Ohio-based indie-pop act, Walk The Moon. Although the song Shut Up + Dance was released in the USA back in September 2014, the track is about to get a UK release in June.

The band claimed to take influences for this track from both 1970s and 1980s tracks, which would explain its nostalgic feel, and clearly 80s theme of the music video.

It was also produced by Tim Pagnotta, most famous for being the lead singer of US pop punk band, Sugarcult.

This band could well be set for big things in the UK with this fun-fuelled, dancey little number – keep an ear out for them!


Shut Up + Dance is due out on 7th June 2015 and is available to pre-order on iTunes now – https://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/shut-up-and-dance/id915448845?i=915448860


Walk The Moon – ‘Shut Up & Dance’


So that concludes this week’s #Two4Tunesday! Please leave a comment below with your two personal favourite tracks of the week, and also share the link to this post on your social media accounts. Thanks for the continual support!

Matt – Muzik Speaks