What’s on with… Sløtface

Harley Cassidy /
Sep 27, 2017 / Music

Sløtface’s ascent has been anything but conventional if you consider the numerous milestones they’ve already achieved.

Firstly, they supported A-Ha, quite possibly their countries biggest exports, then they started a trend of playing at house parties around their hometown of Stavanger (a city on Norway’s south-west coast) finally gaining more attention by performing atop the Forde Fjord in support of youth activists who were peacefully protesting a Nordic Mining operation.

Yet, none of this has managed to overshadow the band’s sound; a sugar-coated, angsty thrall to the riot-grrrl days of yore polished somewhat by their appreciation of a killer chorus. Now with weekly spins on Radio 1 and a nod of appreciation from Lorde, (they covered her song ‘supercut’ for Triple J), it seems nothing is out of their reach.

Who:

Haley Shea – vocals
Tor-Arne Vikingstad – guitar
Lasse Lokøy – bass
Halvard Skeie Wiencke – drums

What:

There’s a whole handful of wonderful EPs to filter through, but Slotface’s debut album, Try Not To Freak Out, is the strongest signifier of their adrenalised, spiky punk. The irrefutably catchy riffs, spitting, snarling choruses and general pace of the record is propelled by the theme of being in your twenties and desperately trying to keep your cool when the world seems like such an impossible place to figure out.

‘Nancy Drew’ is a highlight; a re-interpretation of the teen detective who is ready to quash the indie-rock boy’s club with a snarl. Listen below:

 

What’s on your…

Mind

“Just found out that one of Europe’s biggest brothels is in the city we play in (Cologne), and it’s pretty fucked up that German authorities allow that shit.”

Bedroom walls 

“A poster I bought at Rough Trade that’s called Electric Love and a print of one of Hokusai’s Ghosts I bought in Melbourne on our Australian tour.”

Bookshelf 

“I’m studying on the side of the tour for the moment; we have a lot of time in the van so I’m taking a few courses in literature. It’s mostly my curriculum on the “bookshelf” now. At the moment I’m reading Dostoyevsky’s, “Crime and Punishment””

Party playlist 

“The new LCD Soundsystem record, the Sylvan Esso record and the new Lindstrøm single. Go Norway!”

Phone screen saver 

“Cute dogs <3”

To-do list

“Play gigs and have fun.”

Instagram

“More cute dogs <3”

Dream dinner party guest list 

“Bob Dylan, Flea from RHCP, Patti Smith, Matt Helder, James Murphy, Susanne Sundfør, Molly Rankin, Adrianne Lenker and maybe Jesus?”

Headstone if you could write it 

“That’s just depressing but maybe something funny like “Don’t stop believing” or “What a journey””

Shit list 

“Trump? And everybody else who supports the patriarchy and racism. Fuck them.”

Record shelf 

“We are streamers. Sorry for not being cool enough. I know that Tor-Arne has the “Shut Up And Play The Hits” vinyl, though.”

Netflix 

“Black Mirror, Rick & Morty, Modern Family, House Of Cards… and we’re so excited for season 2 of Stranger Things!”

Favourite menu 

“We went to a incredible vegan restaurant in Melbourne called Smith and Daughters, which was the best vegan food we’ve ever tasted. If you ever go to Melbourne, check them out, their menu was sick.”

New music radar 

“The new LCD album, the new Alvvays album, the new National album, the new Mount Kimbie album and the new BROCKHAMPTON record.”

Here:

Catch them playing across the UK on their headline tour:

28/09 – 60 Million Postcards, Bournemouth

29/09 – Actress & Bishop, Birmingham

30/09 – Brudenell Social Club, Leeds

01/10 – Soup Kitchen, Manchester

03/10 – The Basement, York

04/10 – The New Adelphi, Hull

05/10 – The Venue, Derby

06/10 – The Picture House Social, Sheffield

07/10 – Think Tank?, Newcastle

09/10 – Sneaky Pete’s, Edinburgh

10/10 – The Broadcast, Glasgow

12/10 – The Magnet, Liverpool

13/10 – KU, Stockton

16/10 – The Bodega Social Club, Nottingham

17/10 – The Cookie, Leicester

18/10 – The Joiners, Southampton

19/10 – The Underground, Plymouth

20/10 – The Louisiana, Bristol

21/10 – The Purple Turtle, Reading

24/10 – The Hope & Ruin, Brighton

25/10 – Camden Assembly, London

26/10 – The Cellar, Oxford

Photo by Martin Høye

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Words by Harley Cassidy

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