If you haven’t heard of punk outfit Sløtface that’s possibly because they were known as Slutface until not so long ago but social media censorship issues changed that, though the pronunciation remains the same anyway. Well, Slurtface is perhaps nearer the mark, the Norwegian ø is pronounced as uurr (so the Øya Festival in Oslo is Uurr-ya) but who calls their band Slurtface?
They’re from oil country, Stavanger, though vocalist Haley Shea’s name doesn’t suggest a Viking background. There’s a distinct marauding feel to their songs though, as I can testify having had a sneak preview of their debut album Try Not to Freak Out, which will be released on 15th September on Propeller Recordings, a trustworthy vehicle for high-quality Nordic artists.
Pitted, the first single taken from Try Not to Freak Out,, is an anthem to getting out of the house and partying instead of staying at home and feeling sorry for yourself. It’s “a song full of good stories from bad nights out”. It’s also the first song on which Sløtface has employed horns, and avant-garde ones at that, courtesy of jazz musician Simen Kill Halvorsen and his trumpet, which add to the chaotic feel. Norway is huge on jazz; half the musicians there seem to have been raised on it.
The PR talks about them sounding like a band “a few records in” and that’s spot on; there are no debut album nerves from this assertive bunch and Shea’s forceful vocals together with Lasse Lokøy’s (Lokuurr’s – you’ve got it) punchy bass lines stand out on this track.
Take it from me, the album is all very much in the same vein, driving punk, there’s no filler that I heard.
Sløtface’s album-supporting tour starts in the UK on 28th September and brings them to Manchester’s Suurrp – sorry – Soup Kitchen (I can’t think of a better venue) on 1st October. Apart from some German dates and one in Paris, they’ll be prefacing the European shows with two in Australia (Sydney and Melbourne), which really seems to have taken to Nordic bands and singer-songwriters. Our Australian readers please take note.
Full UK tour below:
28 Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
29 Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
30 Leeds, Brudenell Social Club (Games Room)
01 Manchester, Soup Kitchen
03 York, The Basement
04 Hull, The New Adelphi
05 Derby, The Venue
06 Sheffield, The Picture House Social
07 Newcastle, Think Tank?
09 Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
10 Glasgow, The Broadcast
12 Liverpool, The Magnet
13 Stockton, KU
16 Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club
17 Leicester, The Cookie
18 Southampton, The Joiners
19 Plymouth, The Underground
20 Bristol, The Louisiana
21 Reading, The Purple Turtle
24 Brighton, The Hope& Ruin
25 London, Camden Assembly
26 Oxford, The Cellar