Norway’s Sløtface are a new breed of punk rock band that you must hear

New band Sløtface combine youthful confidence with punk lyricism and pop
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Sløtface sound like: Norway does rock just as well if not better than it does pop music.

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Their story: Sløtface are a four piece guitar band – Haley, Lasse, Halvard and Tor-Arne – from Stavanger in the south-west of Norway who make punk-infused indie rock music.

First came 2014’s Angst single, followed by several more singles and EPs leading up to this year when they started work on their debut album.

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Having spent a considerable amount of time in the UK, the band found their music receiving appreciation from across the British music industry spectrum following multiple tours and riot-inducing performances at summer festivals.

Now come the band’s debut album, Try Not To Freak Out, which has been lavished with praise by pretty much everybody from Radio 1 through to Consequence Of Sound by virtue of its pop nous combined with rock-attack tendencies.

What’s so great about them? At the heart of every great band is a central message that they are trying to inject into the world.

Sløtface appear to have several on the go at the same time, primarily stemming from singer Haley’s lyricism that transcends indie rock’s bravado and sense of self pity, and generally takes aim at patriarchal rules that everyone is expected to live by.

The result is that the band have created a record that sounds far more mature than the band’s young years – which is presumably why everyone is going nuts for it.

A punk rock band with intelligent lyrics, pop accessibility and the confidence of youth – what a combination.

Most-streamed track on Spotify: Magazine (over 219,000 listens so far)

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What will they be doing for the rest of 2017? Now that the album is out following a meaty string of summer festivals completed, the band are looking to pick things up under their own steam as they prepare to head out on a mammoth headline UK tour this autumn (dates below).

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Signed to: Propeller Records

Upcoming live dates:

[tickets for all dates are available by clicking here]
  • 28 September: Bournemouth, 60 Million Postcards
  • 29 September: Birmingham, Actress & Bishop
  • 30 September: Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
  • 1 October: Manchester, Soup Kitchen
  • 3 October: York, The Basement
  • 4 October: Hull, The New Adelphi
  • 5 October: Derby, The Venue
  • 6 October: Sheffield, The Picture House Social
  • 7 October: Newcastle, Think Tank?
  • 9 October: Edinburgh, Sneaky Pete’s
  • 10 October: Glasgow, The Broadcast
  • 12 October: Liverpool, The Magnet
  • 13 October: Stockton, KU
  • 16 October: Nottingham, The Bodega Social Club
  • 17 October: Leicester, The Cookie
  • 18 October: Southampton, The Joiners
  • 19 October: Plymouth, The Underground
  • 20 October: Bristol, The Louisiana
  • 21 October: Reading, The Purple Turtle
  • 24 October: Brighton, The Hope& Ruin
  • 25 October: London, Camden Assembly
  • 26 October: Oxford, The Cellar

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