Amongst 2017 releases in music, few songs (non-Mount Eerie division) have been as emotionally charged and heavy as Sorority Noise’s “No Halo.” At one point, lead singer Cameron Boucher is deeply self-critical about not attending the funeral of a friend, and none of the stinging loneliness of that admission is lost by the song’s blistering communal vocals.
Losses of all kinds can level a person. Deaths of course deal the most damage, but losing friendships or relationships can wield immense pain and confusion, as well—the sort that leads to a lot of sleepless nights and tear-stained days. Aimlessly driving around and oversleeping become psychic salves.
So many of those coping mechanisms and attempts at normalcy are in the equally emotional video for “No Halo.” The first image of a person in the clip is of a child staring dead ahead from the passenger’s seat of a car that’s driving itself late at night. What looks like a grief counseling session has nearly everyone in a chair facing each other, but not even mustering up the energy to actually look. A couple in bed starts throwing off clothes and sheets in record time, but can’t get it without crying. A lone woman casts aside her Bible and takes a drag from a cigarette in a cavernous church. These are all people trying their best to not give up in the face of immense loss and grief. And it’s tough and heavy, because real effort in life is rarely easy. But it feels a lot less burdensome when the alternative is stagnation or resignation.
Watch the clip for “No Halo” above, check out Sorority Noise’s 2015 Daytrotter Session from the Paste Cloud below and read our review of their latest, You’re Not As ___ As You Think, here.