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

Single Review – Sløtface – Backyard

New single ‘Backyard’ from Norwegian alt-punk’s Sløtface is yet another slice of raucousness. Starting off with crunchy guitar lines things fill out into the band’s pop infused melodies, though never losing that aggressive punk edge. Encapsulating the freedom of behaving like a toddler for 2 minutes 51 seconds, the track is as energised as a small child of the nineties after having just eaten an entire bowl of the blue smarties. Almost completely recorded in one take the track feels vibrate and spontaneous. Singer Haley Shea describes ‘Backyard’ as; ‘celebrating the adventures you had as a kid that often came from a desperate need to not be bored….It’s about trying to capture a sense of that wonder and fun in a new way as you grow up.’ Without a doubt this single screams of those moments when you confused your parent by behaving like a wild-child in your own backyard. 

Hayley Miller

Single Review – Sløtface – Pitted

A fizzy headed, joyously honest dose of pure pop-punk, at its absolute adolescent best, Sløtface’s new single ‘Pitted’ is an energetically, frank slice of modern life. Third track released in build up to the Norwegian band’s forthcoming debut album; ‘Try Not To Freak Out’, a title which without a doubt will be hard to abide by, ‘Pitted’ see’s vocalist Haley Shea tell the familiar story of protagonist who would rather stay home and watch Netflix on the sofa, while eating a family size bag of Doritos, than venture out into the wild. Forced to stray into the land of alcopops, luckily for all those involved, they soon find themselves quickly transformed into the life of the party. Perfectly encapsulating those blurring eyed, stumbling moments that leave you wondering; did I really scream Beyoncé is the true queen of the world or was that just a strange hazy dream? ‘Pitted’s punchy hook and heartwarming sarcasm create a hopelessly youthful, addictively life-affirming track.  

Hayley Miller

Single Review – Sløtface – Nancy Drew

Norwegian Sløtface’s new single ‘Nancy Drew’ mixes grungy driving guitar chords and pummelling drums into a perfect punk track that bites back at mediocre music and patriarchal society. The band’s debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ is due for release in September and is sure to be fuelled by an infectious amount of rock chords, electronica bass hooks, and feminist philosophy. Vocalist Haley Shea crafts a lyric like Debbie Harry standing shoulder to shoulder with Becca Macintyre, Jennifer Clavin, and The Runaways backed by the constant force of guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke and bassist Lasse Lokøy. ‘Watch out she’s a nightmare, Nancy Drew, she’s sneaking up on you,’ Sløtface’s ‘Nancy Drew’ is a superhero, assassin re-imagining of the teen sleuth ready to fight the patriarchy with blistering guitars, what’s not to love. 

Haley Miller