Life is fragile. What is here today may be gone tomorrow. Like an unforgiving storm, it takes but a mere moment to wash all that we have away, yet the love for those we may lose in the process can be everlasting. Join London’s The Bully Club as they share their riveting and emotional debut single, “Triton Horn”.
“Triton Horn”, released on November 1st, 2019, is a solemn and captivating tale of a man placed in a foreboding circumstance who may never again be able to express his feelings to the one he loves.
The Bully Club describes the song as being about inner personal turmoil and its effect on close, personal relationships. In the context of the song, it’s a re-affirmation of the subject’s love for his partner.
“I will not be long or alone, the storm is wide, the men forlorn, the moment of the Triton Horn, I’m sorry love, I’m not coming home.”
– The Bully Club, from “Triton Horn”
“Through tough times and struggles, don’t ever forget to tell your partner you love them dearly,” the band further adds regarding the message behind “Triton Horn”.
“Triton Horn” contains several facets of inspiration. Citing Thrice’s Dustin Kensrue as a key influence, Justin Den Bok’s bard-like vocals and lyrical compositions are deep and poetic, laden with symbolic imagery. Michael Trudgen’s familiarity with classical and operatic arrangements, as well as 60s and 70s pop rock, provides a musical organization which presents, as the band describes, a climactic feel of opera, the timing of classical and ballads like that of The Beatles. Jay Westman, of London rock outfit, Red Arms, further reinforces the vigorous atmosphere of the song with his percussion skills. All of these elements combined possess a great deal of potency, giving “Triton Horn” a vivid and theatric feel.
“Triton Horn” is a compelling first entry showcasing what The Bully Club will become. Justin Den Bok and Michael Trudgen are in a league of their own with their capacity to orchestrate elaborate and immersive atmospheres with their stylized brand of folk rock. As the song moves along, it’s hard to escape the feeling that you’re standing with the subject, facing the ordeal side by side. Given the effectiveness of the songwriting, it’s just as easy to imagine yourself in the subject’s position, which elicits a number of emotional responses. Like a great film, it makes one root for the subject in the hopes he can surpass the ordeal and have the ability to, once again, profess his love in person. The possibility that it might not happen has a way of making one feel emotionally susceptible.
Where many musicians develop in time to reach this point, Justin and Michael’s combined experience, as well as their clean-cut passion, allows “Triton Horn” to be an earnest starting point for The Bully Club. With another single coming in the new year, and with their debut album, “Whimper’s End”, slated for a 2020 release, listeners looking for a robust, emotionally gripping single should look no further than “Triton Horn”.