12 Songs, 55 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

At once ambitious, abrasive, and weirdly dazzling, Trophy Scars’ fifth album is the New Jersey–rooted band’s most accomplished work to date. In the tradition of ‘70s prog-rock classics like Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Holy Vacants follows the twisted story line of two tormented lovers bound together by the blood of angels. Frontman Jerry Jones keeps this bizarrely compelling scenario on track as the band negotiate angular rhythms and churning interludes that fuse hardcore mania with theatrical sophistication. Woozy rhythms and volleys of assaultive guitar riffage are bolstered by wailing choir vocals and billowing strings. Jones gasps, snarls, and howls his way through tracks like “Qeres,” “Hagiophobia,” and “Event City, Vacant” with a fiendish intensity that suggests Perry Farrell channeling Howlin’ Wolf. He takes on a lounge lizard’s suavity on “Archangel,” bares his fangs with death metal fury on “Burning Mirror,” and wraps himself in morbidly bluesy tones on “Gutted.” Trophy Scars play throughout with barbed-edged precision.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.

EDITORS’ NOTES

At once ambitious, abrasive, and weirdly dazzling, Trophy Scars’ fifth album is the New Jersey–rooted band’s most accomplished work to date. In the tradition of ‘70s prog-rock classics like Genesis’ The Lamb Lies Down on Broadway, Holy Vacants follows the twisted story line of two tormented lovers bound together by the blood of angels. Frontman Jerry Jones keeps this bizarrely compelling scenario on track as the band negotiate angular rhythms and churning interludes that fuse hardcore mania with theatrical sophistication. Woozy rhythms and volleys of assaultive guitar riffage are bolstered by wailing choir vocals and billowing strings. Jones gasps, snarls, and howls his way through tracks like “Qeres,” “Hagiophobia,” and “Event City, Vacant” with a fiendish intensity that suggests Perry Farrell channeling Howlin’ Wolf. He takes on a lounge lizard’s suavity on “Archangel,” bares his fangs with death metal fury on “Burning Mirror,” and wraps himself in morbidly bluesy tones on “Gutted.” Trophy Scars play throughout with barbed-edged precision.

Parental Advisory: Explicit Lyrics.
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Ratings and Reviews

4.9 out of 5
17 Ratings
17 Ratings
dippel09 ,

Quite Possibly

...the greatest musical achievement of my short lifetime, since 1991.

Dave Barrett ,

Best LP of 2014

I have been jamming this record for the last four days and still can not get enough. I am excited to read the reviews to come, this album was well worth the wait every time it got close to a release date something pushed it back. I thought it was never going to come out. I give it 10 out of 10. Thank you Jerry Andy Brian and John and everyone else involved with this release.

Dave Barrett ,

Best LP of 2014

I have been jamming this record for the last four days and still can not get enough. I am excited to read the reviews to come, this album was well worth the wait every time it got close to a release date something pushed it back. I thought it was never going to come out. I give it 10 out of 10. Thank you Jerry Andy Brian and John and everyone else involved with this release.

About Trophy Scars

With their prominent use of piano, progressive rock guitar solos, and occasional feints towards hip-hop and funk rhythms, post-hardcore act the Trophy Scars have a wider range of influences and musical shadings than many similar bands, at times sounding like the '80s art rock U.K. group Talk Talk given an emo makeover. Similarly, singer Jerry Jones evinces a subtle, sardonic sense of humor; for some reason, he also mentions his own name in his lyrics and song titles more often than anyone since Vanilla Ice.

The quintet formed in Morristown, NJ, in 2001, featuring Jones, guitarist and pianist John Ferrara, lead guitarist A.J. Hanson, bassist Joshua Weinstein, and drummer Brian Ferrara. After a growing live reputation led to a self-released 2002 EP called Darts to the Sea (reissued in expanded form with a second disc of contemporaneous demos in March 2006) and a 2003 full-length titled Hospital Music for the Aesthetics of Language, the band signed to the indie label The Death Scene Recording Company, which reissued the latter release in 2004 and facilitated an appearance on that summer's iteration of the lucrative Vans Warped Tour. The more experimental and piano-based Goodnight Alchemy followed in June 2005, after which Weinstein left the band, replaced by Andy Farrell. Alphabet. Alphabets., the band's fourth album, was released in June 2006, increasing the Trophy Scars' hip-hop influence by featuring guest appearances by New Jersey underground rapper Kadence Posse on the tracks "Assassin, Assassins" and "Accent, Accents." ~ Stewart Mason

ORIGIN
Morristown, NJ
GENRE
Rock
FORMED
2001

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