The young Norwegian flag-bearers of punk’s riotousness and reverberations, Sløtface visit Glasgow’s Broadcast on Thursday, where they will perform tracks from new EP Empire Records, which is out on November 18 via Propeller Recordings.
Recent single Take Me Dancing is not without Sløtface’s signature snarl. The track was written in response – albeit decades later – to Big Star’s seminal track of 1972, Thirteen.
“I was trying to write the girl’s answer to ‘won’t you let me walk you home from school?’ because I love that song, but I think it portrays a very chaste and old school version of femininity,” says vocalist Haley Shea, whose bandmates are Lasse Lokoy (bass), Halvard Skeie Wiencke (drums) and Tor-Arne Vikingstad (guitar).
“All we are trying to say is that it’s OK to let loose and have fun from time to time.”
Take Me Dancing follows the band’s acclaimed debut EP, Sponge State, with its title track getting weekly spins from Annie Mac, Huw Stephens and Phil Taggart on BBC Radio 1 and a playlist add at triple j in Australia.
Ahead of Sløtface’s visit to Scotland, AAA Edinburgh caught up with Lasse and Halvard from the band for a quick chat.
I’m not sure if it’s my favourite but American Honey is the best film I’ve seen recently. I went to see it at the Bergen International Film Festival (BIFF), and it was an amazing indie movie. (Lasse)
Of all time? Sunrise by Norah Jones is maybe my all-time favourite, but if you ask me again tomorrow I’ll probably say something else. My current favourite though is a song called Not Again by Ratboys. We discovered them through a list of “suggested supporting acts” for our upcoming US Tour. They weren’t available though. (Halvard)
I think 2016 so far has given us a lot of great albums which have blown my mind regarding the production. Blonde by Frank Ocean, The Colour Is Anything by James Blake and 22, A Million by Bon Iver are some of the ones I think are most incredible. If I had to pick one of them I’d choose Blonde – it’s just too good. (Lasse)
Playing a packed show at KOKO in London for Club NME – was pretty sick. We also played a gig at a prison in Norway for the inmates and prison guards. (Lasse)
Slash’s autobiography with Anthony Bozza, because you need it in your life. (Halvard)
Sløtface, Broadcast, Sauchiehall Street, Glasgow, Thursday, 3 November