FADER Announces Debut LP Try Not To Freak Out
+ Premieres Lead Single “Magazine”
Album Drops September 15 on Propeller Recordings
“Norwegian band aiming to make moshing safe for women and create the most joyous punk ditties you’ve heard since the 90s” – The Guardian
“Their sound embraces the fierce, satisfying aggression of punk and hardcore and
the foot-tapping, bounce-around vigor of pop.” – Interview Magazine
“That in-your-face fierceness allows the band to keep their feminist bona fides intact while looking to have a good time.” – Consequence of Sound
“ …a wonderfully nostalgic blast of vibrant pop punk” – Impose
Photo credit: Martin Høye
Norway’s Sløtface have a live-wire energy and introspection beyond their years. Led by vocalist Haley Shea with guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, bassist Lasse Lokøy and Halvard Skeie Wiencke on drums, the band has announced their highly anticipated debut album Try Not To Freak Out set for release September 15 via Propeller Recordings.
On new single “Magazine”, Sløtface challenge absurd body image standards 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.”
With every move they make, Sløtface look to spin conventions on their head and they do just that with lead album track “Magazine”, debuted by FADER today.
“Magazine” is available HERE.
The band’s debut album, Try Not To Freak Out is nothing short of a massive rock record – one that weds their behemoth pop exuberance with epic punk chops. 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, instead aiming to dismantle the patriarchal structures that hurt society and block progress.
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. In addition to a handful of European festivals the band will kick off a string of UK tour dates supporting Los Campesinos! in April and The Cribs in May. Full list of tour dates HERE. Stay tuned for opportunities to experience the band live in the US and for more news on Sløtface coming soon!