Sorority Noise are well known for the emotional, yet often highly enthusiastic, lyrics and overall sound shown throughout their ground-breaking debut album Forgettable. The brutally honest and often extremely relatable lyrics the Connecticut emo band write seem to have really caught the eyes (and ears) of the emo scene as they’re heading out on tour with big names such as Fireworks, You Blew It! And even Motion City Soundtrack, which is huge for these four guys touring in vans.

With only the first listen of the record, you can tell straight away that Joy, Departed is an absolutely phenomenal record. I never expected anything less from this band after Forgettable, but it’s obvious that the blood, sweat and tears of every member went into this album.

The opener of this album, ‘Blissth’ dives straight into their signature soul stirring grip- and it’s fantastic. They build the song up gently along to a simple piano backing before it blasting into a guitar filled outro which only adds to the pure rawness of this track.

‘Corrigan’ reaches out to the more pop filled side of the band, but remember pop is not a dirty word. It’s a huge track, one of the main standouts of the album and will be anything but energetic live.

‘Art School Wannabe’ is a more upbeat sounding song, yet still with a slight sad touch to it in certain lyrics- “I know that I’m not worth your time, you need a change, I’m still the same”. Regardless, the song is packed of brilliant sing-a-long choruses “Maybe I’m my own greatest fear, maybe I’m just scared to admit that I might not be as dark as I think” and is accompanied by Jake Ewald from Modern Baseball which adds to my personal love for this track.

Approaching the end of the record we have “Fuchsia” and “Using”. Straight back into the emotional songs we find Sorority Noise on a more slowed down track. “Fuchsia” is a more delicate song with passionate lyrics accompanied by gentle guitar picking in the background which is followed by Cam Boucher’s talent of writing moving lyrics to use by facing the theme of addiction in “Using”. “There’s so many people having drug problems and a lot of bands who play it safe and don’t want to talk about it,” Boucher explains. “I think it’s important to be shown in modern music. I like to be honest about my past and talk about things that have had me down. As a lyricist, you are responsible for the people who care about your music.”

The last two songs on this album ‘Mononokay’ and ‘When I See You (Timberwolf)’ contrast quite a lot for the most part, which proves that Sorority Noise can pull off anything with a brilliant, almost genius outcome. ‘Mononokay’ starts off with simple guitar plucking, then the drums lay down a beat before other guitars kick into an intense chorus and outro whilst the words “I’ve gotten better at getting better” repeat, making you feel internal happiness after hearing the emotional lyrics turn into more content lyrics “I told you I didn’t want to live my life, but I hung up before you could talk cause I had changed my mind”.

‘When I See You (Timberwolf)’ ends Joy, Departed in another kind hearted, acoustic song. It addresses personal theme of change and regret “How the hell did it make sense after you saw what Charlie went through, does hell taste as sweet as you thought?” This song, as predicted, eventually picks up the pace as electric guitars come in up to the false fade out at 3:28 in which the band explode into raw guitar instrumentals and rough drumming to close the album up the right way, the Sorority Noise way.

[rating:5]