Norway’s Sløtface have a live-wire energy and introspection beyond their years. Today (28th April, ’17), the band are announcing their highly anticipated debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ – and sharing new single ‘Magazine’.
Stream the new single ‘Magazine’ here: https://soundcloud.com/slotfaceofficial-1/magazine/s-9JXY5
Pre-order Sløtface’s debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ here: SLOTFACE.NO
Download/stream ‘Magazine’ here: slotface.lnk.to/Magazine
Led by vocalist Haley Shea with guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, bassist Lasse Lokøy and Halvard Skeie Wiencke on drums, with every move they make, Sløtface look to spin conventions on their head, with debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ (out September 15th on Propeller Recordings) set to follow suit.
Haley’s forceful, firework-spitting punk slices through you with an immediacy and confidence of someone several records in. Whether it’s a love song from an unexpected perspective or a critique on power and ego, the foursome’s message and undeniably catchy riffs have inspired critics and fans across the globe.
On new single ‘Magazine’, Sløtface challenge absurd body image standards: “Thoughts that aren’t mine keep running through my head… Thunder thighs keeps reaching for the measuring tape,” Haley sings, and perfectly distills the dissonance between knowing intellectually that these images are bullshit, but still feeling drawn to live up to them.
Haley explained: “I really wanted to write a killer breakup song, but I’ve never really had any experience with heartbreaking, devastating, aggressive breakups, so I thought I would write a breakup song about breaking up with bad body image and unrealistic representations of human bodies in media. It’s fuelled by the back and forth of knowing that society creates unrealistic expectations regarding what people “should” look like, and still feeling uncomfortable in your own skin because you don’t live up to those images.”
Speaking of the blustering, spirited punk anthem in the making, the band said: “We were essentially trying to make what would be the perfect soundtrack to an early 2000s high school rom-com — like American Pie or something…and thought we would try to write the perfect opening credits song.”
The band’s debut album, Try Not To Freak Out is nothing short of a massive rock record – one that weds the pop nous of Robyn and Blondie to the exuberant, freewheeling attack of bands like Joyce Manor and Little Big League. Guitars gleam, choruses soar, and Halvard’s racing drums exude pure adrenaline. It’s a record made for the height of summer, for punching a pillow, or for drowning out the rest of the world. And it’s all the better for Sløtface’s unique lyrical perspective; Haley’s lyrics aren’t explicitly gendered, but she transcends indie rock bravado and self-pity, and instead dismantles the patriarchal structures that hurt everyone.
The band will be heading out on tour in the UK as main support to Los Campesinos! at the end of April, followed by another UK tour in May with The Cribs. Alongside that the band will play a whole host of European festivals over the summer. The band are also today sharing details of a full UK tour to coincide with album release. All upcoming tour dates can be found below and tickets are available via www.slotface.no.
2016 was a sensational year for Sløtface – clocking up more than 6000 plays across international radio, including weekly spins from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 and a playlist add at triple j in Australia. Away from radio, the band are celebrated by the likes of The Guardian, Billboard, NME, Noisey, DIY Magazine, Kerrang!, Rocksound, The Line Of Best Fit, Dork, CLRVYNT, Upset, CLASH, Consequence of Sound, alongside many others.