Sorority Noise – You’re Not As ____ As You Think
I used to be a hardcore indie music advocate, only listening to chill indie bands with no real pickups. Staying in my seemingly indie rock world, then I began an intern at an indie record label and disordered more hardcore indie rock/ emo bands. And, it all started with Sorority Noise.
My first introduction to Sorority Noise was with their 2015 album, Joy, Departed. After the first 20 seconds of “Using” I was hooked. I loved that the song started off chill and relaxed and then rapidly picked up, with the lead singer screaming, “I stopped wishing I was dead.” Lyrics like this are what hook you to Sorority Noise, they voice the dark feelings you never talk about in an upbeat emo way.
Their third studio album, You’re Not As ____ As You Think is beautiful. The album is dedicated to two of Cameron Boucher’s friends who took their lives. Dealing with death, depression and suicidal thoughts are uncomfortably honest. Sorority Noise execute it in a way that is not only raw and powerful, but also comforting.
Unfortunately, in today’s society anxiety, death, depression and suicide can be glamorized without addressing the seriousness of the issue. You’re Not As ___ As You Think deals with all of this in a way that is real. No, crap. Just real honest accounts of things from Boucher’s past.
The opening track, “No Halo” is about the lose and mourning of a Boucher’s friend Sean. The chorus, “So I didn’t show up to your funeral, but I showed up to your house”. In an interview with Stereogum, Boucher explains the meaning behind this song.
The song, “No Halo,” the first single… I don’t know if I’ve told anyone this… I was back home at my friend’s house chilling, and I was like, I’m going to drive home. We were in Sean’s neighborhood, but Sean had been passed away for about a year, but I didn’t remember that. And so I was like, I’m gonna drive by Sean’s house and just stop by and say hi. And then I drove to his house, and when I pulled up in front, I realized he wasn’t there. That’s what that chorus of the song is about, and the whole song in general… I think I literally just sat in my car and wrote 90% of the lyrics right there.