Review Summary: Trophy Eyes are a five-piece pop punk/hardcore group from Australia who are gonna blow a hole in your face.
You've heard it before: “hardcore crossed with pop punk”. Such Gold
, Set Your Goals
…y'know, that stuff. But wow
, “Warpedcore” has never been this intense, brutal, passionate, or even this good. Everything Goes Away
is the debut five-song effort from the Australian five-piece Trophy Eyes who take The Story So Far
and combine it with the hardcore edge that bands like Kid Dynamite
, Strung Out
and Title Fight
thrived upon, only with sharp, crystal clear production and aggression turned up to “LIMP BIZKIT MOSHPIT ON FIRE” for maximum cutting effect. It's essentially a more sincere, focused, and fresh version of what Such Gold has been doing for years, though this is actually much more impressive than it sounds. Formed only nine months prior to the release of this EP, Trophy Eyes manage to take the fairly homogenous pop punk/hardcore hybrid and tame it as unquestionably their own. All five tracks and all five members reveal incredible songwriting talents and technical proficiency: the palm-mute riffage; the Elliot Babin never-let-up brand of drumming; the perfectly complementing vocal shifts between frontman John and bassist Jeremy; the way “Bandaid” decompresses into sparse, melodic singalongs between devastating beatdowns; Everything Goes Away
is packed with styles, moments, and intricacies that never fail to drop jaws. It's almost impossible that such a young band could have singlehandedly breathed this much life into a genre hybrid that’s really been nothing more than a periodical blip on the radar of punk music, but Trophy Eyes do exactly that and so much more in the space of just under fifteen minutes. To answer the plea raised in the lyrics of “Hourglass”, I sure as hell have faith in these guys.