Sorority Noise bares all in new release

Category:  The Arts
Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017 at 5:42 PM
Sorority Noise bares all in new release by Kimberly Firestine

Dark.

It’s the only possible way to fully describe the content of the latest Sorority Noise release, “You’re Not As _____ As You Think.” The follow-up to their 2015 release — “Joy, Departed”— and their third full length album centers around themes of death, coping, inner demons and suicidal tendencies.

If you’re looking for an album to help expose the deepest, darkest caverns of a lonely mind, this is it.

The lyrical content is that of someone seriously suffering and almost makes you want to ask singer Cameron Boucher if he’s doing okay today. Forcing his vocals through a maze of distorted guitars and pedal effects, this could be Boucher and company’s best release to date.

The opening track, “No Halo,” is rather upbeat and gives us no time to prepare for the amount of pain and emotion we’re going to go through for the next hour.

Mourning the death of a friend, Boucher sings, “I slept 8 hours total, I barely sleep/Maybe that’s why I’ve been weak/The same things that plague you still plaguing me/God called you to fulfill a vacancy/ I tried to see why it wasn’t me.”

But “No Halo” is not by any means the darkest track on the album.

Second track, “A Portrait Of,” opens up with unashamed honesty and openness about dealing with mental illness. “I’ve been feeling suicidal/And if I need remind you/It’s not becoming of my heart and my brain/I was thinking about how great/It would be if I could make the tightness in my chest go away.”

The same theme echoes throughout the remaining eight tracks on the album. Final track “New Room” brings in roughly cut vocals and acoustic guitar, with Boucher’s pain quite audible. The shortest and slowest song, Boucher sings, “I haven’t been spending enough time alone/Maybe that’s why I feel like I don’t have a home/I want to be all the things that you want me to be, be/But I can’t, no I won’t be the thing that helps you become/All that you want to, all that you need to be/And I, I will wait until you aren’t great anymore/It’s not fair anymore.”

“You’re Not As _____ As You Think” is the kind of album that you listen to when you’re lying on your bedroom floor at three in the morning because no matter where you sit, stand or lay, nothing beats the feeling of the carpet scratching against your skin while you stare blankly at the ceiling.

It’s the kind of album you play for someone when you don’t know how to describe what you’re feeling, or for when they don’t understand how you can say you don’t feel anything.

It’s the kind of album you may never want your friends to be able to relate to. Or if you do, it’s because it’s a shared feeling.

“You’re Not As _____ As You Think” was released on March 17 on Triple Crown Records. Sorority Noise is Boucher (vocals, guitar), Ryan McKenna (bass, vocals), Adam Ackerman (guitar, vocals) and Charlie Singer (drums).

You can catch Sorority Noise on tour this spring. Various legs throughout the United States include support from Sinai Vessel, The Obsessives, Mat Kerekes, Walter Etc., Forth Wanderers and Shannen Moser.

Standout tracks: “Car” & “Leave the Fan On.”

Kimberly Firestine is the arts editor for The Spectator. She can be reached at ae.spectator@gmail.com. 

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