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Sorority Noise; Forgettable Album Reviewed and Revisited

Sorority Noise is making noise but not in a good way.  Cam Boucher has recently been the latest call out in a never ending line of sexual misconduct news.  Boucher, from CT had cultivated a healthy ‘house party’ music scene. rocknyc writer Mary Rudzis had been part of this movement as early as 2013 and wrote this piece in May 2014.  Who would ever thing just four years later the bands career would hit the wall and Bouchers entire future hangs in the balance.  Innocent until proven guilty?  Lets hope so.

Sorority Noise, CT band ft Cam Boucher of Old Gray and Jason and Kevin from Two Humans, and Adam Ackerman, released their full length and it’s got both locals and people across the country bedroom joshing and falling in love.  “Forgettable”, a short 9-track masterpiece is nothing short of perfection

It opens with “Rory Shield”, a tune that’s a straight knife to one’s own heart.  “Kiss me, like you mean it, and by mean it, I mean lie to me again. Hold me, like it matters, and by matters, I mean walk away like you don’t even know my name.” It’s a harsh opening but sets the tone and is so energetic and strong that I could see them opening up their set with this on tour.  Its near-anger flows into the self-deprecating “Mediocre At Best”, a tune of theirs that’s been out for a while, and what got me into the band.  I love the transitions and how it all feels like it connects.

A song the band had played live before it was released, “Dirty Ickes”, has been stuck in my head for ages.  The lyrics are absolutely brilliant – “When we broke up you told me to try and find myself, so I found myself in someone else’s bed. You could say I’m a fool, but you’ve had four boyfriends since, and I’ve learned to love myself more than I could ever love you.” It’s so well written, musically and lyrically, and I can’t get enough of it.  The message is great, a big middle finger to an ex, and though these guys are CT’s new emo-est band, that doesn’t mean they can’t still admit that they’re doing pretty great.

“Nick Kwas Christmas Party” is my favorite song on the album.  The vocals are absolutely beautiful, and because they’re so clean and smooth, I can see this tune on the radio- it feels really accessible.  It’s catchy and peppy, feeling a bit pop punk and still with the classic alt/emo rock bit as well.  Something about it really gets to me, and I can’t stop listening to it.  It’s absolutely addictive, and is so dynamic that it’s impossible to be bored while it’s on.

Of course, it wouldn’t be in the guys’ nature to not have a single tear jerker on the record.  “Smooth Jazz” is so depressing I can hardly stand it.  I can’t help but have my eyes well up when I hear the beginning notes.  “Am I invisible now, to a friend in a hospital gown? I’ll still call your phone to hear your voice.
I learned a lot about death before I grew up, I watched you begin to fade when I was sixteen. I swore that I would be okay. You told me that your biggest fear was waking up each day.”  If that wasn’t enough, my heart nearly stops with “I’ll tear death’s fingers from my throat, to remind me that I’ll never be alone.” It’s so heartfelt and passionate that I can’t remember the last time I heard a song that affected me this much.

The album is brilliant.  It has party punk to slow ballads to emo jams to good summer songs to go driving to.  It’s up for a free download on band camp, so what do you have to lose?

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