After holding up together in a converted Toronto townhouse for the best part of a year, Trophy emerged, blinking at the light, clutching an album of finely crafted, melodic rock songs. Born out of the Toronto music scene, Trophy’s self-titled debut album is both a study in contrast and a celebration of subtlety.
The album as a body of work is uplifting yet thoughtful, exploring the darker side of life but refusing to be dragged down by it. The soundscape reflects the mood and lyrics of each song as powerful guitar riffs and furious drumming are tempered by soaring, chilled out vocals. “We took our time to make sure that the songs were treated properly,” says guitarist Phil Houston, “that the contrast was right and the subtlety was there to match the lyrics and vibe of each song.”
The five band members that make up Trophy all have musical backgrounds with other bands on the Toronto music scene. After watching each other perform for a number of years, they have come together to form a new alliance: “This is a city album, a real Toronto record, born out of our musical community”, bassist Peter Fusco reflects.
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