With all the excitement and positivity surrounding this year’s iteration of Splendour in the Grass, unfortunately, one dark cloud has surfaced. Trophy Eyes‘ founding member and long-time axe-wielder Kevin Cross will be playing his last show with Newcastle based powerhouse.
Kev’s decision to hang up his strat has come after an extensive touring cycle supporting last year’s American Dream record, which landed the band in triple J’s hottest 100 for their single You Can Count On Me.
With years of international touring and ARIA charting records under his belt, Kevin Cross will be playing his last show with Trophy Eyes this coming Saturday at Byron’s massive Splendour in the Grass Festival.
The first time I saw Trophy Eyes play, they opened up a small AA show at Chatswood Youth Centre to roughly 12 pop-punk sweating punters. The energy was unmistakable, these Newcastle boys knew how to command a room from the get-go.
Shortly after signing to Hopeless Records, the band became Australia’s sweethearts, cutting their teeth in sweaty rooms at Sydney’s Wasted Years and Blacktown’s Masonic Hall. Their subsequent years have seen meteoric growth, selling out massive rooms across the country, and even headlining the Enmore Theatre.
A wealth of support was shown from Cross’s bandmates on his decision to leave. While it wouldn’t have been an easy one to make, Kev can now focus on kick-starting the next chapter of his life with family.
Catch the full statement from Trophy Eyes and Kev here.