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Album Review: Sorority Noise – “You’re Not As ____ As You Think”

I got my daughter’s  report card last week.  It listed out all of these qualities, “Attention to Detail” “Drawing inside the lines”; and all down the line, the teacher checked “Meets Expectations.”  The only category that got “Exceeds Expectations” was “Sits Quietly in Class.”  A chip off the old block.  It got me thinking.  “Meets Expectations” is good.  There’s nothing wrong with it, it’s normal.  Now let’s consider this theory in the context of Sorority Noise’s third full length, You’re not as ___ as you think. After having “Forgettable” on heavy rotation, I have certain expectations.  As far as sound I’d say SN is 3 parts Say Anything, 1 part each of Conor Oberst, The Promise Ring, and Brand New; throw the whole thing in a Chicago Meat Grinder and enjoy.  So what were my expectations for You’re Not…?  I was expecting the band to clean up the low-fi aesthetic for something a little more polished, the usual for a maturing band.  I also figured SN would move away from the relationship/cigarette/stale beer-soaked angst into some more introspective subject matter.  I got all of that, but I got more, a lot more.

Sorority Noise hails from Hartford Connecticut. After listening to their earlier work, I would have sworn they were from Chicago.  It just feels like the recording process took place in a run-down apartment in the dead of winter with stale beer and cigarettes permeating the air.  The opening track of You’re not, “No Halo”, does a hell of a job clearing the air.  Gone are the Say Anything-esque drunken hooligan chants.  The smashing guitars replaced by piercingly-clean notes accentuated by harmonics.  When frontman Cameron Boucher hits the chorus, “So I didn’t show up to your funeral, I showed up to your house…” the guitars come crashing in reminiscent of that stagnant apartment in their not so distant past.  The lyrics most definitely have matured as the band tackles existentialism, loss, religion, and depression.  On the second track, “A Portrait Of” we get it all thrown into one.  At this point in the record, the tempo shifts, the dynamics, the choruses bring reminders of Brand New and/or Taking back Sunday,  the reason for this?  Mike Sapone who worked the boards for both of those bands is at the controls on You’re not.

The life and death theme continues in “First Letter from St. Sean” where Boucher wrestles with the loss of a close friend.  “A better Sun” rises next to drive away the darkness… or not.  Did I mention introspection?  “And it’s hard. So hard. And breathing, it just makes it worse.  And it’s bad. So bad. That it hurts.”  If you hadn’t noticed, Boucher is in some pain on this record and he lets it all bleed out.  “Disappeared” touches again on the loss of his friend Sean, and the pain of looking in the mirror and contemplating your own existence.  The drunken hooligan chants make a not-so-triumphant return, this time serving more like angry voices conflicting in his head “I let my hair down today and I took a shower for the first time in what felt like weeks.”  The themes of loss and its effect on our lives and relationships continues through the record.  The music, like raw emotions,  gets stripped down to the bone.  By the end we are left with more questions than answers.  When you experience loss and the depression that follows; the only solace to find is in giving up on both the answers and the questions and just living.

My conclusion…  some records don’t meet or exceed expectations, so I crossed those choices out, wrote “defies expectations” and put a check next to it.

4/5 Stars



Sorority Noise announce Australia headline shows

Hartford, Connecticut’s Sorority Noise have announced a run of headline shows in Australia alongside their appearance at Yours & Owls Festival in Wollongong, NSW. You can find the tour poster, dates, and locations below.

Sorority Noise will be touring in support of their latest album release, “You’re Not As _____ As You Think,” which was released on March 17 through Triple Crown Records.



Dashboard Confessional announce Summer tour

Dashboard Confessional have announced they are to tour for a month straight this summer. In tow will be All American Rejects and The Maine.

A full list of dates is below. Pre-sales start May 10th – full ticket details are up on the tour microsite.



Free Throw stream new track “Better Have Burn Heal” from upcoming full length

Nashville emo/pop-punk band Free Throw are currently streaming a new track titled “Better Have Burn Heal.” You can listen to it below.

“Better Have Burn Heal” is taken from the band’s upcoming full length “Bear Your Mind,” which is set to be released on May 26 via Triple Crown Records.



Sorority Noise release new video for “No Halo”

Sorority Noise have released a video for “No Halo”. The track is from the band’s Triple Crown Records release “You’re Not As ______ As You Think”, which came out back in March.

You can watch the video below – and check out the remaining dates of their current tour.



Swordfish (emo) stream new album ‘Rodia’

Michigan emo outfit Swordfish is one of those discoveries you hope to make every day. The band is streaming its fantastic new album ‘Rodia’ in full and we can’t urge you enough to go and have a listen. Swordfish managed to create a American Football dripping beauty of full length and it’s definitely up there with my personal favourite records of the year so far.

‘Rodia’ will be released May 5th via Take This To Heart Records and was recorded by Nick Diener (Swellers) at Oneder Studios and mastered by Cam Boucher (Sorority Noise).  You can listen to it in full over here now.



Music Video: Basement – “Promise Everything”

UK punk rockers Basement have premiered a music video for the new version of the track “Promise Everything.” You can watch it below.

The track comes from the band’s debut release on Fueled By Ramen Records, the deluxe edition of “Promise Everything.” The album was released on March 3rd.



Kevin Devine hits the US roads with Chris Farren and Adult Mom

NY based singer/songwriter Kevin Devine is heading out on a lengthy acoustic tour through the US. Joining him are the amazing Chris Farren (west coast) and Adult Mom (east coast). Head down below for the full tour calendar.

Kevin Devine will be touring in support of his fantastic 9th studio album Instigator, which was released in October 2016.



Say Anything and Bayside release covers of each other’s songs

Ahead of the bands’ tour together, Say Anything and Bayside have released reimagined cover versions of each other’s music. For the collaboration, Say Anything’s Max Bemis and Bayside’s Anthony Raneri covered one another’s tracks..

Raneri’s re-imagined version of Say Anything’s “Night’s Song” can be heard at Facebook.com/bayside and Bemis’ rendition of “They’re Not Horses, They’re Unicorns” can be heard now at Facebook.com/sayanything. Full tour dates are below.



Pet Symmetry (emo/pop-punk) announce new album “Vision”, stream first single “Stare Collection”

Less than one year after the release of their last release Chicago’s Pet Symmetry are back with a brand new full-length. “Vision” is slated for release on May 26th through Polyvinyl Record Company and to get you fired up you can stream “Stare Collection”, the first single, below.

Pet Symmetry released “Pet Hounds” on May 19, 2015 through Asian Man Records.



Music Video: KidBrother – “A Draught I Want”

British emo/punk band KidBrother have premiered a music video for their brand new single “A Draught I Want”, which was released earlier this week.

You can check out the video below.



Taking Back Sunday announce Summer tour with Every Time I Die

Taking Back Sunday have announced a US tour over the Summer, and will be bringing Every Time I Die with them as support. You can find tour dates and locations, as well as a larger tour poster below.

The tour kicks off in New York at Webster Hall on July 14, and will be in support of Taking Back Sunday’s most recent album release, “Tidal Wave.” Joining Taking Back Sunday and Every Time I Die will be Modern Chemistry from July 14 through to August 1, and All Get Out from August 3 to August 19. VIP tickets are on sale now, more info can be found here.



Chinese Football (Emo) stream new EP “Here comes a new challenger!”

Wuhan, China based emo act Chinese Football are streaming their newest EP, titled “Here comes a new challenger!” You can listen below.

You can find the tracklist in English below the stream. “Here comes a new challenger!” follows the band’s last release, a compilation they put together of bands they played with whilst touring across China, released on February 14, 2016 and titled “Come Together!”



I Love Your Lifestyle (Sweden, Emo) stream new single “Touch / Fire”

Malmö, Sweden based emo act I Love Your Lifestyle are streaming a new 2 song single, titled “Touch / Fire.” You can listen to it below.

I Love Your Lifestyle’s last release was their debut album “We Go Way Back,” which was released on February 22, 2016 via Dog Knights Productions. You can listen to the album here.



Sorority Noise stream new song “Disappeared,” announce US tour

Hartford, Connecticut’s Sorority Noise have premiered another track from their upcoming album You’re Not As _____ As You Think and announced a US tour in support of the release.

You can give “Disappeared” a listen and check out the tour dates below.

You’re Not As _____ As You Think comes out on March 17th through Triple Crown Records. It will be the band’s third full-length album, following 2015’s Joy, Departed.