Newcastle’s own conquers of airways and headphones, Trophy Eyes are getting better and better. Those paying attention may have caught their new single ‘Figure Eight’ premiering on triple j earlier this week. Today, they’ve officially released it to the salivating masses.
As stated by the man himself, we bet you didn’t know that bassist Jeremy Winchester was a master with a saxophone.
Taking to Twitter, Winchester added that the days of previous releases Everything Goes Away and Mend, Move On are well and truly “over”. “If that’s the Trophy Eyes you like”, he noted, “Then by all means, enjoy our previous work. But if you’re ready to take the next step with us, then come join in for some anthemic singalongs”.
On the meaning behind the song, frontman John Floreani shared that ‘Figure Eight’ is about “time lost”. “It is the sound of a broken heart”, he elaborated, “the deafening silence of a couple once in love, and a fleeting dream told from two perspectives – one is of failure and the other of resentment”. The narrative follows “a man who had given himself entirely, still desperately grasping at straws of success and a woman left to pick up the pieces of the reality”.
The band’s most recent album, The American Dream, was chock full of singalongs, including on flagship single ‘You Can Count On Me’. The full-length, which dropped in 2018, was received to major critical acclaim, leading to a spot in the top ten for the boys on the ARIA charts. Though the word on the streets is that the follow-up to their last LP hasn’t been finished yet, we’re optimistic that it’s safe to expect it to come in 2020.
Trophy Eyes have been busy since The American Dream touring, and recently raised over $20,000 for the Australian bushfire relief effort with a one-off Newcastle date. “With your help we were able to sell it out and raise a massive total of $20,108 to donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service and support our good friend Sam Fenning who lost everything to the fires”, the band shared. “The fight isn’t over yet, to help assist our brave firefighters and volunteers you can donate to the NSW Rural Fire Service”. If that doesn’t make you want to support Trophy Eyes, nothing else will.
Check out ‘Figure Eight’ below.
TROPHY EYES FIGURE EIGHT TOUR
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