When: Sun., Nov. 22, 6 p.m. 2015
Sorority Noise front man Cameron Boucher knows that sometimes the best way to confront an outsize problem is to tackle it head-on. At least that’s what makes the Connecticut emo band’s recent breakthrough album, Joy, Departed (Topshelf), so personal, personable, and affecting. With explicit detail and plainspoken despair, Boucher glumly sings about drug abuse and romantic woe, occasionally in conjunction with one another. He finds just the right tone to express his rock-bottom maladies and stomach-twisting desires to their fullest—because it takes a certain kind of performance, and a certain kind of performer, to pull off a line like “When you’re with your friends I want to be the spit that tingles on your lips” (which he does so in earnest on “Corrigan”). It also helps that Sorority Noise bring a full-bodied sound to the album, and the bevy of roller-coaster power chords and symphonic tumbleweeds traveling through the tunes enrich the bigger-than-life feelings burning in Boucher’s chest.
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