After seven months overseas, it’s a hell of a welcome home when all your Australian tour dates sell out. Although, it’s no wonder Trophy Eyes tickets were so highly sought after; they’re electric live and their music is incredibly relatable. In a venue like Fowlers, supported by Rumours, Grenadiers and The Hard Aches, the ceiling fans were working overtime to keep the place from blazing.
Sydney boys, Rumours, opened to a scattered crowd as they projected their own brand of alt-rock. Hunched over the mike, the vocalist belted out tunes backed by solid drumming. But it was a night of Adelaide pride, with Grenadiers and The Hard Aches both drawing the crowd with their well-known and loved songs.
Grenadiers really brought some energy to the stage and their tunes almost vibrated out of their bodies. Harmonies were on point and they brought the punk. The Hard Aches were definitely favourites and if you weren’t singing along with their lyrics in the beginning, you were by the end of their set. You could say their sound is reminiscent of The Smith Street Band, with heartfelt lyrics delivered hard and fast with just the right amount of audience involvement.
But when Trophy Eyes stepped up it was to yells, whistles and fists in the air. They opened with ‘Home Is’ and the crowd exploded. Vocalist John Floreani had an immediate and addictive stage presence as he skipped and jumped around. He made you feel like he was there for you, both to perform and to allow you to express yourself however you needed.
Every song was delivered with emotional and physical force and every song punched through to the crowd. ‘Rain On Me,’ ‘Counting Sheep’ and ‘Heaven Sent’ were favourites, as well as a few songs from their first album. Undoubtedly ‘Breathe You In’ was a special moment for everyone.
There was a pause as the music faded and John addressed the crowd about teen suicide, and that it’s important to ask someone if they’re okay. ‘Miracle’ and ‘Suicide Pact’ followed to make sure the message hit home—powerful and piercing.
An acoustic beginning to ‘Daydreamer’ for the encore was a nice step down before building it up, but of course ‘Chlorine’ was the showstopper, with jets of smoke and epic lighting. The band poured everything they had into that song. You could feel it.
Trophy Eyes is the punk rock band of this era in Australian music with their brutally raw songs. And Chemical Miracle is an album that will forever be relevant because we, the audience, make it so. We are Chemical Miracle.
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