September 2015

Album Review: Joy Departed by Sorority Noise

Joy Departed by Sorority Noise

Rating: 4.5/5

Favorite track: Using

Sounds like: Brand New, Front Bottoms, Rozwell Kid

Punk’s not dead – at least not in Connecticut. Joy Departed, Sorority Noise’s must-grab sophomore LP, proves this affirmation with gusto. I first heard these dudes on the 2014 Topshelf Records digital sampler with their track “Medicore at Best” and was encouraged by their original-yet-revitalized, mid-2000’s era rawness. Joy Departed is a definitive step up from Sorority Noise’s debut release, Forgettable, in respect to arrangement and production value. Their new lineup, featuring Ryan McKenna of Prawn and Charlie Singer of Old Gray, seems to be producing more sophisticated guitar licks and emotionally provocative epithets, but without losing an ounce of the pop sensibility that first drew me toward this band. Frontman Cameron Boucher has never been afraid to pen his heart on his sleeve, transforming past drug use, failed love stories and mental health issues into a relatable product. Joy Departed is laden with finesse and craftsmanship.  Don’t miss Cameron Boucher’s acoustic set with Prawn and Oso Oso at SUNY Purchase this Friday, October 2. You can pick up Joy Departed on vinyl, CD, or digital download from Topshelf Records, or directly from Sorority Noise here.


RIP Jimi.. 45 years later and still relevant

Jimi Hendrix

Gone but never forgotten. One of the sickest guitarists to ever play the sport. What?

UPCOMING SHOW: Silver Things – 10/22 – Croton, NY

Silver Things at the Green Growler Tap Room - 10/22

Sounds like: Andrew McMahon – Wilco – M. Ward

Favorite track: Where Did It Begin?

TJ Piccirillo (of the Knock Out Kings, White Rose, Bird by Bird, Logan’s Run) has been operating solo under the handle ‘the Silver Things’ for a number of years now. Don’t miss him next month in Croton.. This guy is definitely one of the best acoustic singer/songwriters on the East Coast right now. His next EP, produced by CT engineer Jason Zivic, is going to drop in the next few months. This one, titled ‘Please’, will be on that album. Check out and download his tunes here.

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