Trophy Eyes - ‘You Can Count On Me’

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Some of my friends sell drugs, but I just sell sad songs”. The first line of possibly one of the catchiest songs within the pop punk scene this year, which reaches out to the emo in all of us. ‘You Can Count On Me’ comes as the first release from Trophy Eyes’ upcoming album ‘The American Dream’, which will be available August 3rd via Hopeless Records.

The song itself is a departure from the bands old sound, found in albums such as 2014 release ‘Mend, Move On’ and in some ways, a departure from ‘Chemical Miracle’ (2016). In the past, Trophy Eyes has been very moody and very shouty, with more anger and angst. The new record seems to come with more clean vocals and almost a more poppy sound that makes the song excellently catchy. It will be interesting to see whether they keep a similarly poppy sound throughout the album, especially with the release of ‘Hurt’ last year which definitely saw a huge change in their sound vocally. 

Vocalist John Floreani says of the single “[it is] a voice for those who choose not to defend themselves against the growing torch and pitchfork mentality that encircles performers in the era of modern music.” It looks at the way artists are treated across social media and creates a voice for those who don’t stick up for themselves. Amongst this still comes the sad lyrics we know and love from Trophy Eyes, singing “Well I can fill a room full of faces I don’t know, but I can’t see the ones that I love. I’ve always been so hard on myself”, and what seems a fan favourite so far “I’ve got a soft spot, for being fucked up, I’ve spent years alone and unloved”. But of course, this resonates with the whole angle of talking about life as a musician. Whilst artists may spend years alone and unloved, as bands like Trophy Eyes have risen in popularity, so has the love they have gained. 

Whilst it may lack some of the anger found in Chemical Miracle, it still shines through in the verses whilst the chorus contrasts bringing the more pop sound. It’s the anger in the verses that will have their fans shouting their lyrics back to them at gigs, whilst the chorus will have the crowd chanting along in harmony, clapping their hands along in the air. All round, Trophy Eyes have definitely matured their sound and found something that may appeal to a wider audience which will only bode well in their favour as they grow their fanbase and sell more sad songs to the ones who feel alone. 

Words by Hayley Fearnley