Planning on writing an early 2000’s rom-com? Sløtface have the soundtrack covered, although the Norwegian outfit’s blustering debut doesn’t bother itself with the self-deprecation or deep personal heartbreak that often fill other releases in the genre.
Instead, the four-piece rip through 35 minutes of feisty punk like a liberating tornado, with frontwoman Haley Shea using her piercing enthusiasm to smash society’s patriarchal structures.
On Magazine Shea attacks the unrealistic body images promoted in fashion: “Thoughts that aren’t mine keep running through my head… Thunder thighs keeps reaching for the measuring tape.” On Pitted she gives all the socially awkward couch-dwellers a pep talk, and the bass riff-heavy Nancy Drew creates an idol that will save the band from the music industry’s Mens’ Club. Norway has a word for an album like this: fantastik.
Try Not To Freak Out is out September 15 via Caroline.