In the bellows of Melbourne’s Forum Theatre, only hours before it throbs with a full-capacity crowd, John Floreani — songwriter and lead vocalist of Trophy Eyes — listens to his favourite cut from The American Dream on the Nuraphone for the first time.
Strides from the disruptive, gritty debut that secured them a place on the Hopeless Records roster in 2014, Trophy Eyes flex confidently now, under whip-sharp production from Shane Edwards. It’s not the same melodic hardcore that fuelled their explosion onto the international heavy scene, but the vulnerability in Floreani’s lyrics remain. It’s this ingredient that sustains an army of dedicated fans across the globe.
“If I’m gonna scream, if I’m gonna convey that type of emotion, then it has to be real,” John says, and from the pit at the Forum, that is clear. Live, Trophy Eyes dart masterfully between pop-punk, alt-rock, aggressive hardcore, and back. In conversation, before they launch The American Dream, Floreani seems relaxed and humble as he chats candidly to Nura about the rise of Trophy Eyes.
“2 years ago, we were playing venues that weren’t even a third of the size of this, so, I guess it worked out.”