Trophy Scars
Darts to the Sea


4.0
excellent

Review

by danielito19 USER (21 Reviews)
July 25th, 2011 | 19 replies | 7,630 views


Release Date: 2002 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Jerry Jones is a beast that needs to be caged.

4 of 4 thought this review was well written

Jerry Jones is not a singer. This is incredibly apparent after listening to just a little bit of the New Jersey band's debut record, Darts to the Sea. His cracking, broken voice on, for instance, Baby Eskimo Kisses is, however, what makes the song. He might be horrible at singing, but his mumbly and occasionally slurred delivery somehow fits perfectly with Trophy Scars. He's not even really a lead vocalist. Throughout most of the songs, his fellow bandmates get just as much mic time as he does due to the copious amounts of gang vocals.

So what happens when you hit Play? Crunching, almost grungy guitars slam into you, and Jerry starts mumble-singing. And then, some shouting! For a non-singer, he's pretty good at this. And the rest of the band is also pretty good; While Jones mumbles "tonight I dream, I dream of New Orleans" the bass guitar is rumbling along, making your expensive subwoofer seem like a real good purchase. And guitarist John Ferrara is playing a nice twinkling melody. When the chorus comes, everything explodes, however. Jones' vocals go from mumbles to somewhere between screaming and shouting, and Ferrara's melodies suddenly become violent. The outro to Dreams of New Orleans is a very impressive moment, and Trophy Scars follow it up perfectly with "Rachel, I Think He's Dead" They Screamed.

In this second track, Jones is screaming. Full-blown screaming. Not half-shouting with a melody, actually screaming. Once he starts singing again, the contrast is incredible. And Trophy Scars blunder through their debut this way. Jones mumbling over loud bass progressions, and explosive choruses litter the record, but the pattern never seems boring or fully exhausted. They spice it up with just enough different tracks in between bass verse dominant songs.

Trophy Scars also loves the gimmick of having multiple band members talking at the same time. They walk the fine line between using it a few times and overusing it, but they never end up overwhelming the listener. Songs like I Play Piano showcase this talent of theirs, with everyone mumbling stuff. It sounds fantastic, it really does.

While most of what Trophy Scars does could easily be called terrible on its own but is somehow sheer genius with the rest of the band, there are a few things that they don't quite pull off. First and foremost, the production quality is annoying. The bass is far too dominant most of the time, with guitar melodies nearly always being hard to pick out. The production is fine besides that, but it's a very damning flaw if there ever was one. Jones' lyrics are also very hit-or-miss. While his oddly poetic, colloquial, rambling style works well in songs like Dreams of New Orleans, the oddness falls flat on its face in songs like I Play Piano, for example.

Conversely, just about everything else Trophy Scars does is great. When Jones mumbles his way through Hospital For Ghosts, and starts screaming about being left to drown, I feel like he's screaming at me. His delivery is fantastic. And, of course, the melodies beneath him are both beautiful and incisive at the same time. Jerry Jones is easily the best worst singer I've ever heard.



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danielito19
July 25th 2011



4330 Comments


this was really fun to write. tear me apart please. also tell me what would be better.

bigwigglystyle55
July 25th 2011



17 Comments


gay band

danielito19
July 25th 2011



4330 Comments


thanks for the feedback. I appreciate it.

iFghtffyrdmns
July 25th 2011



7047 Comments


not terrible writing, though certain parts come off as really really choppy ("His cracking, broken voice on, for instance, Baby Eskimo Kisses is, however, what makes the song.") or sort of unprofessional sounding ("And guitarist John Ferrara is playing a nice twinkling melody.")

Also, I'd watch the sentence fragments, cause while using them sparingly can have the desired edgy effect, people around these parts don't like to read reviews that are blatantly grammatically incorrect.

as for it being a "fun" review for you to write, that's a good thing and it shows, in a good way - in general you're saying how you feel about the record without sounding bombastic or forced and that is always refreshing to the reader.

Kind of surprising this didn't have a review yet, considering how hard Sputniker's are sucking on these guys' nuts lately.

t4n2004
July 25th 2011



37 Comments


he is the creepiest man ever. What makes this band so interesting is his weird rambling though. The atmosphere they create is great. this was a step toward what they are today. Cannot wait for never born to arrive at my door step

balcaen
July 25th 2011



3183 Comments


review was okay, you make a bunch of awkward transitions and the structure isn't great (the intro is more of a second paragraph). it's painful to read though. and i like you. so pos

also surprised this had no reason though. this band is the best.

danielito19
July 26th 2011



4330 Comments


thanks Eric and balc. 24 hours later I'm definitely noticing the sentence fragments. I should probably start delaying posting until after a day and a reread. And balc the reason was that this had no review.

immortalizepain
January 11th 2012



378 Comments

Album Rating: 4.0

This sounds very different from their new EPs. But this is impressive in its own way.

Hospital
January 23rd 2013



2009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

loving this right now

cjohns0912
January 23rd 2013



79 Comments

Album Rating: 3.0

This is probably the one album in their catalog I visit the least. Still fun to vibe to every once in a while though.

Hospital
January 24th 2013



2009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

yeah? wonder why that is. I consider this on par with most of their stuff

sixdegrees
January 24th 2013



16687 Comments


I like this more than Alphabets

Hospital
January 24th 2013



2009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Me too, but I love alphabets. that seems to be considered their worst effort by most

figure337
January 24th 2013



420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Solid review. Though I think the rating is a little too high. :-P

Hospital
January 24th 2013



2009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

.5 off of your own opinion is too high?

figure337
January 24th 2013



420 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Just a bad joke man

Crawl
July 2nd 2014



1539 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Album is pretty great, but there's no way that it's better than Alphabets

Hospital
July 2nd 2014



2009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

This is definitely better than alphabets

Hospital
July 2nd 2014



2009 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

Alphabets is their worst release IMO, even though it's the album that introduced me to the band



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