Trophywife
An Innocent Orphan In The Post-Modern World


3.5
great

Review

by Josh D. USER (10 Reviews)
January 14th, 2011 | 77 replies


Release Date: 2011 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Forgiveness is six feet away.

If you were to call me antithetical to hardcore purists, you’re basically dead on. This new school of off-shoots has really sprung the attention of many, yours truly included. Trophywife, a Lansdale, PA based post-hardcore quintet, are no exception. Screamo and hardcore influenced alike, like a more assertive Touche Amore, they certainly pile on the dramatics and emotions of their most heart-wrenching predecessors.

Their new offering, the full length An Innocent Orphan in the Post-Modern World, reeks of melodic hardcore sensibilities. Rife with melodic, dissonant guitar passages and exhilarating drumming, the band executes their craft with fair dynamic tradeoffs and tempo changes. Even the layman can draw easy comparisons to their contemporaries, but what pulls Trophywife into their own lane is a combination of two things; the ability to share the tonal tendencies of similar bands, yet they create a distinct sound of their own.

An important piece to the puzzle, which can often times be a make-or-break piece, are the vocals of all three members that utilize them. Jeremy Bolm comparisons abound, Justin Harrison comes off much more aggressive. Armed with a powerful, throaty scream coupled with the more than competent singing voices of Danny (guitar) and Dan (another guitar), they operate their way through dejection with aptness and bitterness. Part of the appeal for many with regards to the realm of hardcore comes in the form of a sort of difficult catharsis woven into the fabric of the music (or is that just me?). On An Innocent Orphan…, you’d be hard-pressed to get the same reprieve you might find in other bands, particularly due to the almost relentless pressure from the music and hardly a break from the passion of screaming and singing.

Despite such disconsolate descriptors, the album still doesn’t bear down or overwhelm. The track “Dusty June” is about the closest you’ll get to their down tempo, post-rock-meets-screamo vibe. Otherwise, it is first degree assault, but you’ll want plenty of it.

A minor kink might play its way into the listener’s brain, but then again, beauty is in the eye of the beholder. The album seemingly doesn’t vary a whole lot from song to song, keeping a modest pace throughout the 12 tracks. While one might view it that way, another might see it as a band carving a niche or developing a style. Either way, it seems readily apparent that if their style is in a listener’s ball park, the result should be at least relatively satisfying.

Musically equivalent to gasping for air in a panicked state, Trophywife have made a quality addition to the post-hardcore contingent. Sounding fresh, yet instinctive, the band shows much potential and puts forth a good first impression. Eastern Pennsylvania, and the surrounding areas, has had a good track record of producing a lot of good music from such genres herein described. Thankfully, the area hasn’t slept on Trophywife.



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Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I really struggled with this review, aka, I don't like it much. Constructive criticism would be nice.

Thanks to drastication for introducing the album. Despite what Nick Greer tells you, this is pretty good.

SloppyMilkshake
January 14th 2011


981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Drats, beat me to reviewing this xD.

Anyways, I'm working on a review and I'm finding it hard to write too. There's next to no variety on this album. There's really not much to write about.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Sure, there isn't a lot, but I find variety from song to song.Then again, I like their style enough to where I don't need a large spectrum of it. I mean, that's just it, it's their style. So I am ok with it.

SloppyMilkshake
January 14th 2011


981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

I see what you're saying. I'm a bit reluctant to fall in love with the sound. The closest I've come is with La Dispute.

Oh, album title is a Seinfeld reference by the way. I lol'd.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Yeah, I figured that out using a Google search to research them.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Well there, I added a small part to address the variance factor in case some people might get curious about it. I am fine with all of that though.

SloppyMilkshake
January 14th 2011


981 Comments

Album Rating: 2.5

Shit, I forgot to pos before. I'll take a look at the edit. Nice review, man.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Thanks, they are few and far between these days.

Xenophanes
Emeritus
January 14th 2011


10663 Comments


Cool review Josh, you should do it more often, man. You'll always have an audience with me!

Digging: Blut Aus Nord - Memoria Vetusta III - Saturnian Poetry

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I'd like to. I realized today how difficult it is to do this at work.

Nice dig with Enemies by the way.

foreverendeared
January 14th 2011


14678 Comments


Pretty good review.

pizzamachine
January 14th 2011


12572 Comments


Whoah, a Josh D. review, about as rare as being struck by lightning. Great write-up, it doesn't read like you struggled with it.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's definitely a compliment considering I did.

Actually, my last 3 reviews now have been these terse, quick reads. I quite like them that way.

TheStefan
January 14th 2011


1003 Comments


do you fellas know where to get this album? i've been looking all over the interwebs for a download link.

tkxxx7
January 14th 2011


6159 Comments


buy it, only five bucks

TheStefan
January 14th 2011


1003 Comments


meh.

Josh D.
January 14th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

That's what I did. Bandcamp is the only place I know to get it.

Bitchfork
January 14th 2011


7584 Comments


bandcamp

wyankeif1337
January 15th 2011


6739 Comments


hey look a josh d review

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Josh D.
January 15th 2011


13972 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

pizzamachine said it:

about as rare as being struck by lightning



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