Punk Spotlight: The Menzingers and Sorority Noise

June 12, 2017

Have you ever wanted to exist the way certain music sounds? It’s beyond a love for the music – it’s that you want your very essence to be exactly like this certain music you have a connection with. It took me a very long time to find this feeling, but when it did, it hit me like an oncoming train that I never saw coming in a way more positive way, and I’ve never been the same since. It’s incredible the connection that you can feel with music. I felt this connection for the first time with The Menzingers, and more recently, with Sorority Noise.

If you know anything about me, it’s probably that I love music. I love music in a way that most people can’t even fathom. Adding on to this, if you know I love music, you probably know how much I love punk music, and how much that music and that scene means to me. My real love for music started when I started working at my college’s radio station, WLOY Loyola Radio, where I am constantly around music I both love and dislike, and around people that share the same passion as I do – music. I remember vividly the first time I heard The Menzingers. I was working, and my favorite DJ show was on. One of the DJs announced that she loved this band so much, and coming up next, was one of her favorite songs, In Remission. I loved the song instantly, and started listening to more and more of their music. Fast forward a little bit, I got the chance to see The Menzingers for the first time while on tour with mewithoutYou (another one of my favorite bands) in October of 2015, and my life was changed. Today, The Menzingers’ 2012 release, On The Impossible Past, is my favorite album by any artist ever, and their February 2017 release, After The Party is very, very close for taking that title.

But why do I love them so much? Well, they have a punk rock sound, but with the rock influence and lyrical genius of greats like Bruce Springsteen. The catchy, infectious, punk rock sound with lyrics of emotional intensity unparalleled by most bands. Their albums are consistent in quality, and work very well as complete albums. But that’s not the best part – they make me feel things. It makes me feel human. It makes me feel alive. Take a second to watch this music video for their song ‘After The Party’ – the title track of the new album.

This song to me sounds like being young. Seeing punk shows in basements. Crazy things that you did that you may regret, but will make an incredible memory. That’s the short version of what I feel from one song. The range of emotions I’ve felt while listening to The Menzingers is incredible and shocking, honestly. But if music isn’t making you feel something, is it even worth it? I think The Menzingers are the perfect package, and they deserve to rule the punk scene, and the musical world.

Speaking of feeling things, lets talk about Sorority Noise. Sorority Noise was always a band that I had heard thrown around in the scene, but didn’t give much time until about a year ago. In March of this year, Sorority Noise released their new album, You’re Not As _____ As You Think. This album provides commentary on really hard topics like anxiety, depression, and most importantly, grieving the loss of someone. Sorority Noise is open and honest about their experiences – and aren’t afraid to admit that they aren’t perfect, and neither is life. In their song, ‘A Portrait Of’, the lead singer, Cam, honestly sings the line, “I’m not trying to say it’s easy, but I’m trying to say it’s fine”. I think this line wraps up the entire essence of Sorority Noise. Open. Honest. Not perfect. It’s real, and it’s raw. And above all, it makes me feel alive. Isn’t that what all good music should do?!


These are my thoughts on some of my favorite bands. No matter whether you like these bands, or this style of music or not, I hope you find music that you love and that resonates with you. I hope you find music that makes you feel human and alive. Music is the universal language, after all.


-Tara Howell (@taraisntpunk)

Feature Image by Leslie Crow

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