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Sløtface, 2020. Credit: Marthe Thu

Norwegian political punks Slotface were just over a month into the release of their acclaimed second album ‘Sorry For The Late Reply‘ when the coronavirus lockdown forced them to scrap their tour and stay home. Then, after months of trying to distract themselves, they decided to re-record a bunch of their songs in a much more stripped-down way to the fiery post-punk you may know them for.

As a result, the songs took on a new life and meaning – including an old one that nearly never saw the light of day. ‘Doctor’ is released – a track that deals with “the struggles women face with a lack of understanding and focus on their bodies in medicine”. It’s also the first taster of a new acoustic album ‘Slumber Tapes’ coming out next month. Lasse Løkoy [bassist] explains.

It’s almost two weeks since you got to hear the first track! What did you all think about “Doctor”? It was really fun to share it with you guys, especially since it’s been laying around since Try Not To Freak Out. “We had originally recorded ‘Doctor’ for ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ as one of the first songs we worked on, but then it didn’t make the cut,” singer Haley Shea says “We feel that it really gets to shine with a new arrangement.

This Friday we’re releasing the rest of “the Slumber Tapes” – some new songs and some re-recorded versions of old stuff with a bit of a new sound. We’d talked about making an ‘acoustic’ album for a long time, and when all of our touring plans suddenly went down the drain we suddenly had a lot of time free, and we chose to spend it in the studio.

Haley Shea (Vocals Guitar), Tor-Arne Vikingstad (guitarist) , Lasse Løkoy (bassist)

Propeller Recordings Released on: 2020-09-25

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Sløtface are a quartet consisting of vocalist Haley Shea, guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad, drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke and bassist Lasse LokøySløtface sound is short, sharp blasts of pop-punk; rapid drum beats fused with chiming guitars. We’re instantly taken back to the early-noughties, indie nightcluubs where Rilo Kiley and We Are Scientists filled the floors. Sløtface formed back in 2012, and despite limited releases have slowly developed a reputation as a hardworking, hard touring band. They released their debut EP, We’re Just Ok, back in 2014, and have recently released the follow-up, Empire Records, through Norwegian label, Propeller Recordings. Their debut album should be due out in 2017.

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Sløtface are from the Norwegian city of Stavanger. Along with the neighbouring city of Sandnes, Stavanger forms a conurbation of over 210,000 making it Norway’s third largest urban area, or as they’re known in Norway, tettsed, literally meaning dense place. One of Norway’s oldest cities,

When it comes to their live show set-up, Shea and her bandmates embrace their punk sensibilities, and they like to use gigs as a chance to let loose. “We’ve always tried to lean as close towards a punk live show and a punk aesthetic as we can,” she says. With each member bringing demos to jamming sessions, the group built the record from cherry-picked parts, trying a swathe of different directions before Shea began carving out the lyrics. Indeed, it’s their differing musical tastes that she attributes to the idiosyncrasies on the record, although at the end of the day, Freak Out takes the nostalgic, familiar hum of American high school movies and makes it the band’s own.

Sløtface’s debut album Try Not To Freak Out is available now on vinyl, CD and digital formats via Caroline Australia, Nancy Drew is the Second single from Sløtface’s debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’. Available order now at: http://www.slotface.no

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Having been fans here of Norwegian indie rockers Slotface since we saw them at a 2014 festival , we’re delighted with the news that the foursome are finally releasing their debut album in September this year.

Haley Shea, Tor-Arne Vikingstad, Lasse Lokøy and Halvard Skeie Wiencke have got better with each release, with last year’s double apex of the Sponge State and Empire Records EPs being examples of how the band’s punk roots and pop nous have combined to greater and greater effect .

“Magazine”, the opening track from Try Not To Freak Out , hints that there’s still much more to come from the Bergen outfit.

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New single ’Magazine’ out now Debut album ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ out September 15th via Propeller Recordings


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