The American Dream, what does it really mean? By the original definition it states “life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement”. With this interpretation in mind Trophy Eyes have concocted a brutally honest, yet unconventionally inspiring take on living life in the fast lane and the ultimate sacrifices you make to uncover what you truly want from the world around you.
The American Dream sees another shift in the bands musical direction via incorporating all favoured elements of their previous two releases, into a fully fledged narrative detailing the trials and tribulations of the front man’s twisted relationship with his past, present and future.
Due to the albums ability to hook you in with each and every tale included on the record, the task of highlighting the few stand outs becomes exceptionally difficult. Saying this, a few tracks that are especially intriguing to dissect include ‘Friday Forever’, ‘You Can Count On Me’ and ‘Tip Toe’.
‘Friday Forever’ harbours some intense late 2000’s Pop Punk sensibility as the lyrical content delves into the state of being on autopilot in the midst of losing the hype that came with the dream of being a Rock Star. This tortured artist framework alludes to the idea of using fame as a substitute for drugs and how the intoxicating appeal of nightlife is slowly fading with every hit.
‘You Can Count On Me’ sees the narrator struggle with the responsibility of handling his fan base and his own perception of self-importance. The lyrics seem to suggest an unsatisfactory view of oneself in the form of informing his audience that he is nothing but a placebo for a greater and more worthy adversary. There is also a small hint of ungratefulness attached to his speech when confronting his audience, which can suggest an underlying anger for his audience’s misguided appreciation for his artwork that he perceives as worthless.
‘Tip Toe’ is an acoustic guitar lead breakup lullaby, describing the rather cowardly exit from the picture perfect view. The torturous position of being stuck between a rock and a hard place is never easy to live with, especially when the rock and the hard place resembles the people you love and the extreme highs that distract you from the real problem being brushed under the carpet. Even with the self-proclamation of disdain for his situation, he still remains very much addicted to the initial taste of the high life that never seems to hit as high as it once did.
Across the entirety of the record the narrator seems to resemble a strung out individual in the midst of self-imprisonment within an under-saturated bubble, where the only glimmer of separation from this dismal existence is through destructive and damaging means, which not only affect him but also those closest to him.
The album is a reminder that covering cuts with band aid’s when the severity of the wound is in need of an extensive amount of stitches, is never really realised until infection begins to spread. The Dream of many of us in society is that of achieving large amounts of fame and fortune, but along the way we begin to really focus our time and our energy into what we truly want besides the face value depiction of happiness.
With a mixture of musical styling’s ranging from Melodic-Hardcore to Pop Punk and Alternative all interwoven together its overall vibe is erratic yet flows beautifully, that can appeal to fans of numerous genres. Each track featured on this whirl-wind ride can each stand alone as an impressive single, but can also be enhanced by the overall story arch residing over this infectious endeavour.
The American Dream is an extremely thought out and enticing addition to the bands discography. It retains heart without getting cheesy, it’s emotional but not to the point of hopelessness and allows us all to empathise with the situation at hand, while also questioning our own struggles to achieve our very own depiction of the American Dream.