With the progression in their music it seems hard to believe that it was only three years ago that we were introduced to Trophy Eyes a five-piece of gritty, determined rockers coming to us straight out of Newcastle. And now this Friday (14th October) the band releases their Sophomore album Chemical Miracle through Hopeless Records after kicking tour goals left right and centre. An appearance on Warped Tour in 2015, a UK tour with Neck Deep and company as well as a current US tour with beloved fellow Aussie’s The Amity Affliction.
Chemical Miracle starts a new chapter for Trophy Eyes, creating and playing music that they themselves truly want to be known for. When pressed about the ‘pop sensibility’ in Chemical Miracle, frontman John Floreani stressed there was no intent of that. Instead, they wanted to write a diverse album that was derived from a mashup of things they listened to.
Chemical Miracle achieves just that and then some. It’s not often that bands this early in their careers get a collection of tracks that can sound both so different and similar in the one listen. The aptitude of the band to write a song that is catchy, heavy and at the foreground of a very sincere subject matter is showcased throughout this album. This ability is highlighted from the very start with lead single ‘Chlorine’ being one of the catchiest tracks off the album, stemming from a backstory that means a lot to John.
From beginning to end, Chemical Miracle has something for everyone and everything that a band needs to keep their loyal fans happy and impress new listeners. Slower tracks in ‘Heaven Sent’, ‘Breathe You In’ and ‘Daydreamer’ all have fragments of the punk background that makes Trophy Eyes and shows the aforementioned diversity that this album holds.