Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out Review 

As the year has unfolds trying not to freak out is on a lot of peoples minds, particularly those who have one eye on the news, but when it comes to alt-punk, debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ by Norwegian Sløtface is a title hard to abide by. 

Opener ‘Magazine’ is one of those tracks that’s instantly addictive. A fight back against trash websites and magazines, you know the ones that still attempt to put people down about their appearance, with so much joyous guitar lines and energetic percussion it’s too late to stay calm. Lyrics like; ‘Thoughts that aren’t mine keep running through my head, thunder thighs keeps reaching for the measuring tape,’ ‘Pattie Smith would never put up with this shit,’ seem the kind of lines ready-made for a hundred slogan t-shirts or Instagram posts.  

While most of the album fits within this energetic punch to the rib-cage voltage there are some tracks that hint at a slower pace. ‘Galaxies’ for example mellows things down for the briefest of moments while things get a slightly darker tone within ‘Night Guilt’ and ‘Try’, both adding a little self-reflective anxiety to the table.

Though it’s undeniable that the true strength of Sløtface remains in their overwhelmingly addictive singles. Infusing the bands bouncy punk-pop sound while never losing that aggressive edge. Tracks like ‘Pitted,’ an end of the world party that anyone would want to be invited to, even those who might have to ‘fake it to bohemian rhapsody’, and ‘Nancy Drew’ pummel so much grungy guitar chords and drums into perfect bites at mediocre music and patriarchal society, it’s simply impossible to not love them.

Though still fuelled by an eagerness to fight back at the world, a lot of tracks are a celebration of nostalgic memories. Feeling the freedom and joy of times that may have appeared a little more fun, tracks like ‘Slumber’ drifts into a shadowy nostalgia of being wrapped up in blankets on the floor watching old horror movies while closer ‘Backyard’ with guitarist Tor-ArneVikingstad’s and bassist Lasse Lokøy’s crunchy guitar lines, as well as Halvard Skeie Wiencke’s vibrant drums, encapsulate the freedom of behaving like a toddler for 2 minutes 51 seconds. 

With so many slices of raucousness alt-pop-punk energy ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ not only shows vocalist Haley Shea crafting a lyric like Debbie Harry standing shoulder to shoulder with Becca Macintyre but the bands ability to mix together an infectious amount of rock chords, bass hooks and a wonderful amount of political activist philosophy. Although it might just be possible to hold it together in the face of world news and natural disaster with an album like this surely it’s okay to freak out, just a little.

Sløtface – Try Not To Freak Out = 9/10

Hayley Miller

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