Sorority Noise

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Sorority Noise
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Background information
Origin Hartford, Connecticut
Genres
Years active 2013 (2013)–2018 (hiatus) (2018 (hiatus))
Labels Topshelf Records, Triple Crown Records, Big Scary Monsters
Associated acts Old Gray, Prawn, Modern Baseball, Queen Moo, Two Humans, Small Circle, En Route
Members
  • Cameron Boucher
  • Adam Ackerman
  • Charlie Singer
  • Ryan McKenna
Past members
  • Jason Rule
  • Kevin O'Donnell

Sorority Noise was an American rock band from Hartford, Connecticut. The band consisted of members from the bands Old Gray (Boucher and Singer), Prawn (McKenna), Small Circle (Boucher, Singer, and Ackerman), and En Route (Singer). The band is currently signed to Triple Crown Records.

On March 2, 2018, Sorority Noise announced that they would enter hiatus following the conclusion of their Spring 2018 tour.[1]

History[edit]

Formation and beginnings (2013–2016)[edit]

Sorority Noise was formed in 2013 by vocalist Cameron Boucher of the screamo band Old Gray. Joined by Old Gray drummer Charlie Singer, Prawn bassist Ryan McKenna, and second guitarist Adam Ackerman, the band formed in Hartford, Connecticut.[2] They released their first cassette, titled Young Luck, in 2013 via Broken World Media.[3] In May 2014, the band released their debut album, titled Forgettable, via Dog Knights Productions and Broken World Media.

In March 2014, the band supported three dates of McKenna's other band Prawn's headlining tour alongside Old Gray. In June 2014, the band supported Modern Baseball on their US headlining tour alongside Tiny Moving Parts, The Hotelier, and Old Gray on select dates. In October 2014, the band played a small string of co-headlining dates on the East Coast with the band Pinegrove. In November 2014, the band released a split extended play with Somos.[4]

In February 2015, Sorority Noise opened for You Blew It! on select shows, and in the spring, they supported the band Hostage Calm at their final show in Wallingford, Connecticut as well as the band Fireworks on their final tour before their hiatus. Their sophomore album Joy, Departed was released on June 16, 2015 via Topshelf Records.[5][6] In the summer of 2015, Sorority Noise opened for Motion City Soundtrack during their Commit This to Memory 10-year anniversary tour.[7] They would also open for several other bands including Knuckle Puck and Modern Baseball.[8][9] Alternative Press named them as one of the "100 Bands You Need to Know in 2015".[10]

Sorority Noise released an EP titled It Kindly Stopped For Me on April 22, 2016. The EP was announced during a Nottingham show and promoted with the song "Either Way".[11] In support of the EP, they opened for Citizen and Bayside.[12][13] In October 2016, they released a split single with The World Is A Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid To Die titled "Leaf Ellis/Smoke & Felt" via Triple Crown Records.[14] Later that month, Boucher announced his own independent record label, Flower Girl.[15] The label re-released Sorority Noise's debut Forgettable.[16] The band embarked on their first United States headlining tour in the fall of 2016, with support from Ratboys and Free Throw.[17]

You're Not As ____ As You Think (2017–2018)[edit]

The band released their third album, You're Not As _____ As You Think, on March 17, 2017 via Triple Crown Records. The album's lead single, "No Halo", was released on January 19, 2017.[18] Originally slated to support Modern Baseball's Spring 2017 tour, Sorority Noise announced a cross-country headlining tour with support from The Obsessives, Forth Wanderers, Sinai Vessel, Shannen Mose, and Citizen frontman Mat Kerekes after Modern Baseball unexpectedly broke up.[19]

On October 12, 2017, the band announced a 7" single called "Alone" as a followup to You're Not As _____ As You Think'.[20] It was announced that the word "alone" is supposed to fill in the gap of the album's title.[21] In support of this single, the band played a three-date headlining tour in Australia with support from Yours and Owl Festival, and the band supported Citizen on their U.S. Fall 2017 tour alongside Great Grandpa.[22][23] On December 8, 2017, the band supported Foxing at the 20th anniversary showcase of Triple Crown Records, playing their third album in entirety.[24]

On February 21, 2018, the band announced a complete re-working of You're Not As _____ As You Think entitled YNAAYT on the one-year anniversary of the album.[25] The record features all songs from their previous LP reworked with strings, except for "Where Are You?" and "New Room", which were replaced with a cover of Leonard Cohen's "Chelsea Hotel #2" and a new song, "Windowwww", respectively.[26]

In March of 2018, Sorority Noise announced that they would be going on hiatus following their Spring 2018 tour due to frontman Cam Boucher's mental health.[27]

On April 9th, 2018, former The World Is a Beautiful Place & I Am No Longer Afraid to Die guitarist Nicole Schoenholz accused Boucher of raping her friend. Boucher released a statement the next day denying the allegations.[28] On April 11th, the alleged victim came forward on Reddit, claiming that Boucher raped her in 2013.[29] In response, Sorority Noise announced via the band's Twitter that they would cancel their remaining shows with The Wonder Years.[30] Their publicists, the PR firm Brixton Agency, announced that they had severed ties with the band.[31]

Band members[edit]

Final lineup
  • Cameron Boucher – guitar/vocals (2013–2018)
  • Ryan McKenna – bass/vocals (2014–2018)
  • Adam Ackerman – guitar/vocals (2013–2018)
  • Charlie Singer – drums (2014–2018)
Former members
  • Jason Rule – drums (2013–2014)
  • Kevin O'Donnell – bass (2013–2014)

Discography[edit]

Studio albums
EPs
  • Young Luck (2013)
  • Quiet Hours (2013)
  • It Kindly Stopped for Me (2016)
  • Alone (2017)
Splits
Remix albums
  • YNAAYT (2018)

References[edit]

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  2. ^ "Sorority Noise | Biography & History | AllMusic". AllMusic. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  3. ^ http://funeralsounds.com/post/64229940005/sorority-noise-young-luck-hartford
  4. ^ Shultz, Brian. "Somos/Sorority Noise - Split EP". Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  5. ^ Sharp, Tyler. "Sorority Noise to release new album through Topshelf Records". Alternative Press. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  6. ^ Hudelson, Molly. "Sorority Noise to release sophomore album on Topshelf Records this year". AXS. Retrieved 18 February 2015. 
  7. ^ "Motion City Soundtrack tap the Spill Canvas, Sorority Noise for 'Commit This To Memory' summer tour - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  8. ^ "Seaway, Sorority Noise, Head North announced for Knuckle Puck headliner - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  9. ^ "Sorority Noise". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  10. ^ "Topshelf Records". Topshelf Records. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  11. ^ "Sorority Noise open their hearts on 'Either Way'". DIY. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  12. ^ "Bayside announce new album, tour with the Menzingers, Sorority Noise - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  13. ^ "Citizen announce spring tour with Turnover, Sorority Noise and Milk Teeth - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  14. ^ "Triple Crown Records - Leaf Ellis/Smoke & Felt". Triple Crown Records via Merch Direct. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  15. ^ "@cameronboucher: "I'm announcing out my first record on my new label tomorrow, this has been a long time coming, check out @flowergirlrcrds at 1pm"". Twitter. Retrieved 13 November 2016. 
  16. ^ "Sorority Noise - Forgettable". Flower Girl Records. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  17. ^ "Sorority Noise announce fall tour and split EP". Consequence of Sound. 2016-08-31. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  18. ^ "Sorority Noise Drop First Single, "No Halo," Off New Album". pastemagazine.com. Retrieved 2018-04-11. 
  19. ^ "Modern Baseball, Kevin Devine, Sorority Noise, & The Obsessives announce tour". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  20. ^ "Sorority Noise". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2017-10-13. 
  21. ^ "Stream Sorority Noise's Surprise New Alone 7″". Stereogum. 2017-10-12. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  22. ^ "Sorority Noise announce Australian tour 2017 | Secret Sounds". Secret Sounds. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  23. ^ "Citizen announce 'As You Please' tour with Sorority Noise and Great Grandpa - News - Alternative Press". Alternative Press. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  24. ^ "Foxing, Sorority Noise, Moving Mountains & Shortly celebrated 20 yrs of Triple Crown (pics)". BrooklynVegan. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  25. ^ "YNAAYT". Sorority Noise. Retrieved 2018-02-22. 
  26. ^ "Sorority Noise Announce YNAAYT Rework Album, Cover "Chelsea Hotel No. 2"". Spin. 2018-02-21. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  27. ^ "Sorority Noise Announce Hiatus". Spin. 2018-03-02. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  28. ^ "Sorority Noise's Cameron Boucher Denies Rape Accusation". Stereogum. 2018-04-10. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  29. ^ "Sorority Noise Cancel Tour Following Rape Allegation | Pitchfork". pitchfork.com. Retrieved 2018-04-13. 
  30. ^ "Sorority Noise cancel shows as member denies rape accusation - NME". NME. 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  31. ^ "Sorority Noise Cancel Tour Following Sexual Assault Allegation [UPDATE]". Spin. 2018-04-11. Retrieved 2018-04-13.