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LISTEN: Sløtface – ‘Nancy Drew’

June 2, 2017 in News

Sløtface’s new song “Nancy Drew” is inspired by a badass, feminist superhero, and is taken from Try Not to Freak Out, which arrives September 15th through Propeller Recordings.

Sløtface are looking to take down the patriarchy one slimy piece at a time through their punk-infused rock songs. They challenged our complacent society on one of the best songs of 2016, ‘Sponge State’; meanwhile, last month’s ‘Magazine’, the lead single off upcoming LP Try Not to Freak Out, railed against unfair body image standards.

The Norwegian outfit is again standing tall for what it believes in with new song ‘Nancy Drew’. Like the Scandinavian version of Sleater-Kinney, Sløtface deal out pointed guitar work and jarring melodies with a feminist fire. They sound nearly invincible on more than one occasion, which, it turns out, is exactly the kind of superhero swagger they were gunning for.

“For this song I wanted to create a kind of super hero savior, so I drew inspiration from Nancy Drew and tried to imagine a bad-ass super hero who crushes the music industries boys club and the patriarchy with one punch,” vocalist Haley Shea tells Consequence of Sound. Being a teenaged detective never sounded this freaking cool — watch out, Hardy Boys.

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Sløtface play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 29th September 2017. Tickets available here.

Listen to ‘Nancy Drew’ below:

Sløtface announce Birmingham show

May 2, 2017 in News

It’s telling that Sløtface’s signature tune is called ‘Empire Records’, a song named after a 1990s film about workers at an independent record store rebelling against the news that they’re being bought out by a chain. For this is a band dedicated to fighting against the restrictions, clichés, prejudices and injustices of mainstream culture, both musical and political. They’re as angry about “boys with acoustic guitars” dominating the charts as they are about misogyny and political corruption, yet they have the nous to focus their furies into bright, melodic punk-pop roars.

They’ve been out to challenge conventions since day one, when singer Hayley Shea and guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad began writings songs together in Stavenger in Norway in 2012. Recruiting drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke and bassist Lasse Lokøy, they named their band, and 2013 debut EP, Slutface as a jibe against society’s expectations of female sexuality, and soon rammed headlong into their first barrier. After a second EP (2014’s We’re Just Okay) and signing to Propeller Records in 2015, they changed their name to Sløtface to bypass social media censorship, and the struggle was only beginning. For the lead track from 2016’s Sponge State EP, the band hoiked their gear up Norway’s Førde Fjord to play a gig for youth activists conducting a peaceful protest against the Nordic Mining company dumping 250 million tons of chemicals and waste into the fjord.

Their fourth EP Empire Records, with its hedonistic party punk anthems ‘Take Me Dancing’ and ‘Bright Lights’, shot them into the alt-rock limelight as part of the gnashing new wave of politicised guitar music.

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Sløtface play Actress & Bishop Birmingham on Fri 29th Sept 2017. Tickets available here.

Watch the video for ‘Bright Lights’ below: