Trophy Scars just seem to get better with every release. The post-hardcore veterans have been moving towards new territory with each new release, ever-evolving their diverse and eclectic sound, and this EP really hits the mark. As always, vocalist Jerry Jones keeps the songs interesting both vocally and lyrically with recurring themes of Hell, The Devil, darkness, insomnia, and pill addiction, and a variety of diverse vocal styles. Musically, the band blends post-hardcore, jazz (very prominent on “Trazodone”), blues (“Darkness”), Tom Waits-esque Rock and Roll, Jangly guitars, even glimpses of Emo and Post-Rock. In my opinon, this is in the running for the best EP of the year.

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Trophy Scars play a blend of post-hardcore that is very complex and eclectic, influenced by everything from early emo to hip hop to Tom Waits. Their contributed song ”August, 1980″ builds off of the more bluesy and orchestrated sound present in Bad Luck, and is, in my opinion, one of the better songs the band has ever written. I am a huge Trophy Scars fan, so that’s really saying something. With the song “So Lightly Thrown”, The Saddest Landscape proves that they are still a force to be reckoned in the early emo/screamo realm. Andy Maddox’s vocals alone (especially near the end of the song) were enough to hook me for good, but the instruments also match his intensity perfectly. Dylan and I both own copies of this record, and we love it. Buy it from our friends at Bear Records and spread the love!

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