Connecticut’s Sorority Noise have released two records of decent enough teenage angst emo powerpop, but third effort ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ is an unexpected lyrical masterpiece that dives into the melancholic underworld of real life.
It’s as uncomfortable as it is gripping, and the brutally honest fragility of frontman Cameron Boucher is crushing throughout. The distorted guitar and soft vocals represent the dark corners of Boucher‘s mind, and how his painfully expressive songwriting has formed what will be one of most loved emo albums of the last decade.
‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ is so personal to Boucher, yet the delivery is so precise and open that it’s easy to get lost in the agonising thoughts behind the record. Excellent album opener ‘No Halo’ portrays how to come to terms with the death of loved ones, and how it feels to be there when it’s too late. The chorus of “So I didn’t show up to your funeral / But I showed up to your house” is backed up my gang vocals that gradually break into screams as the song progresses and correlates to a release of emotion that has been stored up since Boucher‘s friend passed, and he’s finally found an output for that release. “I’ve been feeling suicidal…” starts ‘A Portrait Of’ before you have time to come to terms with the barrage of feelings from ‘No Halo’, and the intensity of this new Sorority Noise record hits home.
The tempo changes on ‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ ensure that the album flows in an unpredictable manner, and impressively maintains an overall direction despite the variety. ‘Disappeared’ may sound like an upbeat and uplifting track to the unaware, yet still name checks late friends and the grief that surrounds it. The floating atmospheric path of ‘A Better Sun’ is Brand New good, which is about the highest compliment that a band like Sorority Noise can get.
‘You’re Not As _____ As You Think’ is so impressive that it requires 100% focus and attention of any listener. The melodies will make you sing along, but the unmasked parts will make you feel bad for enjoying it so much because of the hurt you can hear and feel from Boucher. This is a landmark moment not just in the career of Sorority Noise, but in the whole emo genre that has a new front runner, because this record evokes so many different memories and emotions that it’ll make you cry and have a smile on your face at the time.
Written by Mike Heath (@MikeBeef)