In just under a year since their inception, Sydney band Trophy Eyes have blown away audiences with a rapid rise to fame across Australia. Within a twelve-month timespan, this band has transformed from the local Newcastle scene to playing one of the nation’s biggest music festivals, Soundwave, alongside major U.S acts Greenday, Avenged Sevenfold, Alice In Chains and A Day To Remember.
Influenced by a range of diverse punk-rock artists spanning from Such Gold, Touche and Worthwhile to Blink-182 and NOFX, this Newcastle five-piece began for the most part as friends from high school, who wanted to ‘mix up’ a homogenised music scene. Lead vocalist John Floreani says at the time of the band’s beginnings, the music scene in Sydney was ‘flooded’.
“Everything we heard was the same, or done before and we wanted to write something respectable and new,” Floreani says.
With a sea of stagnant acts repeating a stock-standard sound, Trophy Eyes took note of the rare bands within their local community that shone with ‘creativity and a drive to just push real music’. Soon after that, the band followed suit and began an original music journey themselves.
In 2013, the band released their highly successful album, Everything Goes Away. Reaching #30 on Short Fast Loud’s best releases of 2013 via fan votes in the first few months of release, the album was not only a hit within the industry, but won over a large proportion of new and interested listeners, many on social media platforms.
Despite the wave of online appreciation, the band remains humbled, opting for an ‘organic’ approach to gaining exposure at every turn. Having recently completed an east coast ‘Everything Goes Away Tour’, the band retains that live performances is one of the best ways to get their music across to their audiences, as it provides both a personal touch with listeners, where they can gain a sense of the band’s atmosphere, while returning a word of mouth exposure.
As for an online presence, Trophy Eyes say although they appreciate the support, the band strives to ‘keep things as natural as possible’. With minimal hype of their own music, the band concludes that no listener likes to be spammed or bugged by the bands they enjoy.
It was perhaps this organic connection with their listeners that landed the band a place on the Sydney leg of Australia’s Soundwave festival this year. Through a competition with Triple J Unearthed, the band landed themselves a place in one of the few allocated slots to local bands. Upon hearing the news, singer Floreani said the experience has been ‘unreal’.
“It was incredible. I screamed and jumped around the lounge room in my girlfriends house kind of holding hands and forming a kind of ecstatic two person screaming circle. I know Cal (drums) would have blasted Enema Of The State [by Blink 182], (he seems to do that with good news), Jeremy (bassist) would have lost it pretty hard and everyone just freaked out. We couldn’t believe it,” Floreani says.
Post-Soundwave, the band is riding their wave of success, and bringing along others beside them as the name Trophy Eyes spreads across Australian shorelines. Floreani’s final message to the fans is not one of self-promotion, but instead encouragement for fans to support emerging local acts – particularly bands Thesis and Braves, who supported the band on their Everything Goes Away tour this February.
[Australian and New Zealand bands] all doing some awesome stuff in the music world, and it’d be worth your time to check them out… Get on it, and support Australian music, Floreani says.
To find more information about Trophy Eyes, head to the band’s official Facebook or Triple J Unearthed profile.
To listen to a copy of Everything Goes Away, click the link <here>.