Sløtface

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Sløtface
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Background information
OriginNorway
GenresPunk rock, pop-punk
Years active2014 (2014)–present
LabelsPropeller Recordings
Websiteslotface.no
MembersHaley Shea (vocals)
Tor-Arne Vikingstad (guitar)
Halvard Skeie Wiencke (drums)
Lasse Lokøy (bass)

Sløtface, formerly known (and still pronounced) as Slutface, are a Norwegian pop punk band from Stavanger. Formed in 2012, the group started when vocalist Haley Shea and guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad began writing songs together, later being joined by drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke who had previously played in a hardcore band with Tor-Arne and bassist Lasse Lokøy. Releasing their first single "Angst" in 2014, the band signed to Propeller Recordings record label in the summer of 2015. In October 2015, they released "Shave My Head" alongside B-side "Get My Own". The release was succeeded by their third single "Kill Em With Kindness" in January 2016.

On 1 April 2016 the band changed their name to Sløtface, citing social media censorship issues [1] and released the single "Sponge State", reaching critical acclaim.[2] The single became the lead track of the band's debut EP, Sponge State. The band released their second EP, Empire Records, on 18 November 2016. The four-track EP included singles "Take Me Dancing", "Bright Lights" and lead-track "Empire Records", the latter single garnering huge support from the music[3] and film industry alike with its references to the 90s cult-classic films Empire Records and High Fidelity.

On 27 April 2017, the band announced the upcoming release of their debut album Try Not To Freak Out along with its first single Magazine.[4] The album was released on 15 September 2017.[5]

The band was mentioned in an episode of Sex Education, a Netflix Series.[6]

Musical career[edit]

Hailing from Stavanger, Norway, the four-piece formed after vocalist Haley Shea and guitarist Tor-Arne Vikingstad began writing songs together. The band was then joined by drummer Halvard Skeie Wiencke - who took some convincing to join Sløtface, but "he enjoyed it - so he continued playing!" - and later by bassist Lasse Lokøy.

To date the band have released three EPs: Slutface, Sponge State and Empire Records.

On 28 April 2017, the band announced the release of their debut album Try Not To Freak Out alongside the release of new single Magazine - set for release on 15 September 2017 via Propeller Recordings. To coincide with the album's release the band also announced a 30+ date tour of the UK, Europe and Australia.[7] [8]

Name[edit]

The band's name (originally "Slutface") was chosen to juxtapose with their feminist message and grab attention. In an unreleased 2016 interview, the band said that the controversial name didn't cause them too much trouble back home, with their increasing popularity even leading to the Norwegian government to pay them to tour high schools in their home country. Despite Norway's large English-speaking population, the band said that the name was not nearly as provocative there as it would turn out to be in the UK and America.

On 1 April 2016, citing "social media censorship", the band permanently renamed themselves to Sløtface, - still pronounced "Slutface".

Political activism[edit]

The band are known for their feminist lyrics and attitude, as well as their vocal support for causes such as protecting the environment, and gender equality.

The band's video for the 2016 single "Sponge State" sparked a huge reaction and became a topic of conversation.[9] The band are shown performing on top of Norway's Førde Fjord in support of, and alongside, youth activists who are engaged in a peaceful protest against the mining company Nordic Mining dumping more than 250 million tonnes of chemicals and waste in the fjord.

Sløtface said of the event, "After an eleven-hour drive, four ferries and a blizzard, we finally got our gear up the mountain and played a show for the chained-up activists and some Finnish workers. Best audience ever. Eventually the boss man from Nordic Mining showed up and called the cops – the protesters were arrested, and each received a $1200 USD fine, and we got banned from being on the mountain."

More than 80 people were arrested during the three-week protest, starting from 1 February 2016, with the young activists fined in excess of $100,000 USD and targeted in a Nordic Mining lawsuit to the tune of $250,000. Charges were formally dropped in April 2016.[10]

On 8 March 2017, the band joined in with millions around the world, marching for International Women's Day in their home country of Norway.

They have spoken about their stance on women's rights and feminist issues multiple times, and regularly write about feminism and equal rights within their songs' lyrics.[11]

When in Austin, TX, USA for SXSW 2017, the band were interviewed by CNN for their stance and thoughts on women's rights and equality under the new President, drawing praise and criticism alike. "With Trump in office, it's really important to keep the fight for women's rights more active than anything right now because we don't want to take a step back"[12]

Discography[edit]

Albums[edit]

Title Release details
Try Not to Freak Out
  • Released: 15 September 2017
  • Label: Propeller Recordings
  • Format: Digital download, CD, vinyl

Extended plays[edit]

Title Release details
Slutface
  • Released: July 2013
  • Label: Mnm Medieproduksjon As
  • Format: Digital download
We're Just OK
  • Released: 14. October 2014
  • Label: Daniel Engen Productions
  • Format: Digital download
Sponge State
  • Released: 27 May 2016
  • Label: Propeller Recordings
  • Format: Digital download, CD
Empire Records
  • Released: 18 November 2016
  • Label: Propeller Recordings
  • Format: Digital download, CD

Singles[edit]

Year Title Album
2014 Angst We're Just OK EP
2015 Shave My Head Sponge State EP
2016 Kill Em With Kindness
Sponge State
Take Me Dancing Empire Records EP
Bright Lights
Empire Records
2017 Magazine Try Not To Freak Out LP
Nancy Drew
Pitted
2019 Telepathetic To be released LP

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Organization Award Work Result
2018 Spellemannprisen '17 Beste Rock (Best Rock Album) Try Not To Freak Out Won

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smirke, Richard (1 April 2015). "Norwegian Band Slutface Changes Name Due to 'Social Media Censorship'". Billboard. Lynne Segall. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  2. ^ Brennan, Collin (1 April 2016). "Slutface changes name to SLØTFACE, shares new single "Sponge State" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 15 December 2016.
  3. ^ Kaye, Ben (27 October 2016). "SLØTFACE dream of the '90s on new single "Empire Records" — listen". Consequence of Sound. Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  4. ^ Trendell, Andrew (27 April 2017). "Sløtface unveil new single 'Magazine' and announce debut album and UK tour". NME. Time Inc.
  5. ^ "Reviews for Try Not to Freak Out by Sløtface". Metacritic. Retrieved 15 September 2017.
  6. ^ Monsen Tveit, Janne. "Norsk gruppe får shoutout i Netflix-serien Sex Education". 730.no. 30. Retrieved 11 April 2019.
  7. ^ "Sløtface unveil new single 'Magazine' and announce debut album and UK tour". NME. 27 April 2017.
  8. ^ "Sløtface Announce Debut Australian Tour Dates". themusic. 28 April 2016.
  9. ^ "SLØTFACE PISS OFF MINING COMPANIES IN 'SPONGE STATE' VIDEO". DIY. 25 April 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  10. ^ "Førdefjord activists will not be sued by Nordic Mining". Friends Of The Earth Europe. 5 April 2015. Retrieved 10 January 2017.
  11. ^ "Sløtface Starts Conversations with Feminist Lyrics and Catchy Beats". 23 March 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  12. ^ "Punk rock band Sløtface slams Trump on women's rights at SXSW". 20 March 2017. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
Awards
Preceded by
Kvelertak
Recipient of the rock Spellemannprisen
2017
Succeeded by
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