SLOTFACE – ” Try Not To Freak Out “

Posted: August 10, 2017 in ALBUMS, MUSIC
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Try not to freak out, but what could be your new favourite band are releasing their debut album this September. Following a handful of EPs, four in their native Norway, two in the UK, Sløtface are finally about to make the step up into the big leagues.

“It’s time for it to come out now,” explains bassist Lasse Lokøy. “I feel like we dared to do a bit more than we’ve done before on this record. We have our first song that’s over five minutes, which feels like a big thing for us.”

“We moved back in with our parents for six months to write the album because we couldn’t afford to pay rent and just write every day,” continues vocalist Haley Shea. With the four-piece writing everything together, there’s a lot of back and forth over every movement. They spent a long time writing because they wanted thirty songs to play with. They ended up with 25, “which is a lot for us.” Hacking it down to ten brand new cuts saw the band get rid of songs they loved a lot, but just didn’t fit with the rest of the record.

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A big part of ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ is about dealing with anxiety. The record’s title is the band “telling ourselves not to freak out,” to not worry. “It’s a lot about the anxiety of such a big project and that thing a lot of people feel in their twenties where you don’t completely know what’s going on. You don’t have a plan, and you’re a little bit lost. Being back home makes me question ‘Am I doing things I thought I wanted to be doing? Is this how I wanted my life to go?’ A lot of those feelings came out on the record.” There’s also a tongue in cheek grin alongside it. “As if people would freak out because we’re releasing a record, it’s super cocky,” grins Haley. “We found it funny though,” adds drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke.

The band’s debut is less plug in and play than everything that’s come before. They had time in the studio to redo bits they weren’t happy with, play with the song a little more and add extra textures. There’s apparently a little bit of everything, from trumpet and cello to one song where everything is completely live. “Even the vocal take is live in the same room,” explains Haley. “We got to do all the different things we like to do, [and so] the album has a lot of directions within it because we just wanted to write the ten best songs we could. We didn’t spend much time thinking about ‘Is going to be our pop punk record, or this is going to be our rock record?’ It has all the different sides to us.”

Lead single ‘Magazine’ was inspired by college as well as a long conversation that saw the band asking, “Can we actually do this? Can we write a four-chord song?” and realising, “this sounds like it should be in one of those high school movies, is that a good thing?” The answer is a resounding yes from us and the band alike. “A big part of the album was accepting that songs that are more popper than we’ve done before are okay. It doesn’t make us a lazy band to do poppier stuff; sometimes it’s just good.”

The songs might have a bit more fizz in their glass, but the lyrics aren’t holding anything back. “I wanted to tell all of the stories that your favourite indie rock bands that are all male have told, and been really good at telling,” starts Haley, referencing both Arctic Monkeys and Los Campesinos!. “They’re really good at telling specific stories about youth but from the male perspective. College rock has this bad rep for being this misogynistic genre, so we wanted to turn that on its head and tell those coming of age stories from the female perspective. Lyrically I hope that people think that things are relatable or hear things that have happened to them but we also wanted to show people that we’re a more versatile band than we may have got the chance to be in the past.”

“We enjoy being in the studio but the type of music we play, it’s supposed to be onstage,” adds Lasse. “It’s where we belong.”

Sløtface’s debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ is out 15th September.

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