"Since we haven't covered Sorority Noise on Stereogum yet, here's a little primer: The Connecticut four-piece put out their debut album, Forgettable, earlier this year. It's a charming collection of down-on-your-luck soft punk songs, filled with self-loathing lines and sarcastic quips that are mostly used as a defense mechanism. It's nostalgia-tinged music that borders on power-pop, borrowing just as heavily from early Brand New as it does from Weezer. The band travels in the same circles as some faves — they recently released a split with Radiator Hospital and share a label with Band To Watch For Everest and Epoch member Told Slant (not to mention #emorevival raison d'être The World Is A Beautiful Place…). They recently announced that two of their founding members were departing to start a new group, so the future of the band is a little fuzzy — they're continuing on, but the dynamic will almost certainly change. If their upcoming split with Boston-based rockers Somos ends up as some sort of swan song to the band as it once was, it's a pretty good send-off. "Wesleyan's Best Dressed" sounds a lot like the buttoned-up, anxious students that might attend the titular university. "If you asked me to be all of your dreams/ I'm sure I'd let you down," Cameron Boucher sings without a hint of irony. It's a sterling example of the band's disarming charisma, and you can listen below." - Stereogum
Nick Bairatchnyi and Jackson Mansfield built The Obsessives at fifteen, out of a childhood friendship and a misplaced love for blues-rock. "We wanted to start a band with a "The" because bands like that three years ago were cool, like The Black Keys and The White Stripes," Bairatchnyi remembers while laughing at his ninth-grade naivety. Three years later, after a freshly-inked deal with upstart record label Near Mint and a revitalized mission to be a charged, affected two-piece emo outfit, The Obsessives have become fixated on a new form. Their debut record, "Heck No, Nancy," chronicles a series of revelations which center around a musical mentality that volleys between the expressive texture of Everyone Everywhere and the bouncy indie of bands like Dowsing and Runaway Brother. "This album lyrically and musically reflects the year I had before graduating high school." Bairatchnyi remembers. "We almost didn't make it to this record. We were going to record a fourth EP and do other things. Now that we did, we're just looking for what's next."