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.