When you discover a new band and eventually get obsessed with their music it’s only natural to spread the word. Especially when the band is pure fire – a combination of rebellious energy, punk-rock infused instrumentals, killer vocals, and bold, unfiltered lyrics. In this post, I want to introduce you to this fresh, taboo-defying foursome Sløtface and say a few words about their debut album Try Not To Freak Out.
In case you are squinching your eyes in an attempt to read their name let me make it easier for you – it is pronounced Slutface. The Norwegian punk quartet was originally called Slutface as a manifestation of their feminist views (and to get the attention of the public) but due to publicity issues and venues refusing to promote them they came up with the clever idea of Sløtface.
If this doesn’t scream punk-rock, rebel with a cause, and determination with a megaphone in your face then just play one of their colourful, energy-infused songs and all misunderstandings will be cleared up.
I discovered Sløtface thanks to my amazing friend’s playlist. The first track I heard was Nancy Drew and that’s when I felt the attraction starting to happen. Clever and witty lyrics a mix of subtle references and direct statements, incredibly powerful instrumentals, super catchy chorus, attractive and well-animated video – how can anyone resist?
It didn’t take me much time to decide to explore their debut album in its eternity. What I witnessed was something which I didn’t even realize I needed as much as I did – a pop/punk-rock type of energy-boosting tracks mildly reminding of early Sum-41 and Paramore and a band defying stereotypes and taboos head-on.
If I had to describe Sløtface I would say “anti-bullshit, honest, and direct“. The band is not afraid to say absolutely anything that’s on their mind and society’s standards are none of their concern. This is exactly whatTry Not To Freak Out is all about – the things on the mind of Haley Shea and her accomplices – the things that disturb them, that freak them out. A very simple yet powerful concept which explores lots of interesting topics and everyday situations most of us have been into with pure sincerity and 0 filters.
I would even say Sløtface is the voice we desperately need in the music world. They are leading a bold movement of artists breaking the silence and destroying taboo topics with their art in a very powerful way.
I bet they are even better live!
Exploring Try Not To Freak Out will take you on an interesting journey. There is plenty of inspiration and sympathy on the way. The band will easily resonate with the invisible for the others struggles you might be going through by sharing their own experience.
From subtle metaphors like “And my feet are sweaty/’Cause I been wearin’ these boots all year “ in Sun Bleached to direct and nostalgia-infused “Falling asleep while we’re still talking/”Pretty in Pink” or “The Ring” on the screen” in Slumber, Sløtface have a way of playing with your heart.
Their views on politics, feminism, and the general situation in modern society are not excluded from the tracklist as well. The band has a loud voice and the fact that they are having the time of their lives while raising awareness for things which we tend to overlook is simply admirable.
With clear values not many upcoming bands can be proud of the future looks bright for the Norwegian punk-rockers. We can only anticipate seeing them keep the promise of staying true to themselves and discarding any filters anyone tries to put them through. Try Not To Freak Out was just the start.
Track by Track Commentary
An appropriate start of the album Magazine has a classic punk-rock vibe and deals with the first taboo topic.
Haley disregards the women magazine standards of what a female body should look like and boldly exposes the pathetic and ridiculous idea of “beauty” propagandised by the fashion world.
The song also features a clever reference to Patti Smith which I think is worth paying attention to – the pre-chorus pays tribute to the 70s symbol of female empowerment in an honourable way.
The second song on the album mildly reminds of the topics in the band’s 2015 single Bad Party (which is damn amazing by the way, check it out).
Galaxies is a quite direct confession of Haley‘s thoughts on the average situation in which every 20-something-year-old often finds themselves. The song explores the mentally overwhelming typical lifestyle of teenagers. It shows the longing for something more than “the norm” with a super melancholic feel and a relatively calm instrumental.
A simple yet incredibly attractive and relatable song, Pitted explores a mental state and a certain mood which most teenagers/young adults are very well familiar with. The song depicts the situation at hand almost to perfection and makes you say “That’s exactly how it feels”.
If everything else fails, the sublime storytelling and electrifying solo instrumental at the end will leave you speechless.
Sun Bleached is emotionally overflowing and absolutely honest. The track openly talks about another set of struggles on Haley‘s mind in a mix of direct lines and subtle metaphors illustrating her mental state perfectly.
Sløtface once again deal with the established standards of “normal and accepted”. This time the band openly expresses irritation for people butting in other people’s behaviour – can’t blame them.
Night Guilt is a catchy reflection of the past displaying the thoughts that keep Haley (and most of us) awake at night.
Delving into things that cannot be changed and realizing you don’t deserve to feel down because of a past mistake are the highlights of the track. The seductive bass and vocals make this heavy theme enjoyable and easily manageable.
Try is an ode to the weirdness and insecurities we all posses. It pleads to try to accept ourselves and work on our flaws in a very impactful way supported by highest quality instrumental and vocal execution.
Nancy Drew is the song that got me hooked to the band and is still one of my favourite tracks.
Witty and empowering lyrics with addictive punk-rock instrumentals and vibe are complemented by the stunning video (seriously, pay attention to the details and you will be blown away).
Slumber is another one of my favourites by the band – it has an almost acoustic structure matched perfectly with intimate and touching storytelling. The song unveils a nostalgic look in the past that will make you travel back to your early friendships with tears in your eyes.
It’s Coming To A Point
This nineteen seconds fragment is a genius, witty, and sarcastic call-out towards the music industry which will most likely make you giggle before you explode with the final energy-infused track.
A proper closing track for the crazy album Backyard starts strong with its very first verse. A ruthless exposure of the pathetic hypocrisy of most people claiming to be concerned about the planet serves as an example of the point the band is trying to make.
The rest of the song goes back to a child’s perspective (which is a quite common approach for Sløtface) symbolizing the attitude of the band and once again indirectly telling people that everyone should have his/her own band and talk about whatever is on their mind. F*ck censorship.
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