Sorority Noise have always been the type of band to showcase depressing, teenage angst in their songs. With their third studio album, You’re Not As ____ As You Think, they have truly reached a peak level of emotional distress, but for good reason. Looking into the lyrics and meaning behind this album, it’s essentially detailing the recovery/grieving process of front-man Cameron Boucher after he lost two friends – one to an overdose and the other to suicide.
The opening track, “No Halo”, is a perfect introduction to the album, with Boucher discussing how he couldn’t bring himself to attend his friend’s funeral but pulled up to his house a year later, forgetting that he had died. The beautiful dynamics that make Sorority Noise so amazing are shown off in this song with beautiful, well thought out lyrics and intense guitar riffs.
The narrative behind You’re Not As ____ As You Think is incredibly personal, with Boucher being the most vulnerable he has ever been, putting together the lyrics “When your best friend dies / And your next friend dies / And your best friend’s friend takes his life / And you spend six months on your own / ‘Cause there’s no one left to talk to”. Listeners of the album can’t help but be silenced by the beauty of the language that Boucher uses as he puts the right words together and explains the feeling of grief in exactly the right way.
Every track on this album brings out a clear message that Cameron Boucher stated in a recent press release.
“Things are going to be tough, but it’s going to be fine in the end – and you have to keep going because you just have to. This is how it’s going to be. You’ve just got to do it,” he said.
The message is even omnipresent in the album title itself, allowing for any word to be put in the blank, and self reflection to be encouraged.
Rounding the album out, the last song “New Room” is a short acoustic song that sounds as if it was recorded in the bedroom of Boucher himself. There is a sense of closure in this song, with Boucher finally looking forward and accepting death as it is something that none of us can control. Sorority Noise have outdone themselves with You’re Not As ____ As You Think, with this album being their best yet.
Indie Rock | Triple Crown Records