Within the recent explosion of live music that was Great Southern Nights, Australian native heroes Trophy Eyes dusted off their gear for their return to the stage. It was ahead of their performance at Sydney’s Crowbar that Blunt Magazine was fortunate enough to sit down with frontman, songbird of a generation and hard-thinker, John Floreani.
For much of 2020, it was all quiet on the Trophy Eyes front, save for fan-favourite standalone single ‘Figure Eight’. As John would explain, while the band are in no rush to release anything – albums or otherwise – the extended period of hibernation absolutely took its toll. 2020 was a forceful, but overdue opportunity to look inwards; to conduct the shadow work so often denied to our travelling artists.
John decided to take the challenge by the horns, using the extended isolation to understand himself and learn to appreciate his own company, a lesson we can all put in our pockets and carry around with us in our days. As well as writing (and thinking), self-care was a top concern for John, who balanced the effort between critical self-actualisation and, of course, video games – in fact, all of the video games.
Now that we can leave 2020 in our dust, with venues, and indeed the entire industry, gaining momentum, its time to put pen to paper. While there’s no clear plan for what’s to come from Trophy Eyes, the band continue to create. 2021 is Trophy Eyes’ for the taking with recording, and the promise of more live shows to come.
Trophy Eyes’ latest record, The American Dream, hit shelves and speakers back in 2018. And while fans are naturally craving more, the record has demonstrated considerable staying power, remaining as relevant and slick as ever two years into the piece.