Norwegian punks, Sløtface, are gearing up to play two North East dates this month as they head to KU Bar in Stockton and Think Tank? in Newcastle to showcase live tracks from their upcoming debut, ‘Try Not To Freak Out’.
Formed in 2012 as the brashly named Slutface, they won praise from the music press for their provocative attitude, quirky punk aesthetic and irrepressible pop hooks.
Their influences stem from the feminist free-thinking Riot-Grrrl movement of the 90s. Lead vocalist, Haley Shea, stated (about the band): “We want you to think about female sexuality and what it means to be a ‘slut’.”
Last year they reluctantly changed their band name to the more commercially-friendly Slotface to beat what they term as ‘social media censorship’. They added: “To sneak past these outdated and somewhat overprotective restrictions we have decided to fool the internet with a single letter change.”
2016s ‘Sponge State’ EP rallied against conformity as Shea’s antagonistic vocal delivery of rock ‘n’ roll provided a wake-up call in the face of society – brewing up the elevating concoctions of ‘Sponge State’ and the dance-infused ‘Kill em’ with Kindness’.
Follow-up EP, ‘Empire Records’, delved into 90s nostalgia, from its title derived from the iconic 90s film to the vibrant David-Lynch-aesthetic cover art.
‘Try Not To Freak Out’ was released on Friday 15th September and the band will mix both their older favourites and new tracks on the Think Tank? and KU Bar stages.
Adrenalising, empowering and gutsy, Sløtface will inspire and rock.
Sløtface head to Think Tank?, Newcastle on Saturday 7th October with tickets available from seetickets.com. They then make their way to KU Bar, Stockton on Friday 13th October with tickets available from seetickets.com and both Storytellers and Sound It Out Records in Stockton.