“We want you to think about female sexuality and what it means to be a ‘slut’, the way we portray women in music and in popular culture. We’re really not dicks – we just want you to think about women more than you do.”
There’s nothing average about indie-rock group “Slutface” particularly their name, right? But I’m guessing that’s already becoming yawnsville so let’s move on!
‘Slutface’ are an uptempo Norwegian Sleater Kinney, with a whiff of Elasica, 2015 stylee … The de rigeur noise and attitude are all there, but their music is alive, vibrant, exciting, and a lotta fun.
Despite all the “rocking out sounds”, there are subtle touches of pop sensibilities thrown into the musical mix which make their debut single, ‘Shave my Head’, simply irresistible. Part protest song, part wake up call it has a super catchy chorus and compelling pop punk melodies. Front woman Haley Shea’s vocals are somewhat evocative of Gwen Stefani. She’s a girl that can hold her notes well, no matter how raucous the vocal gets.
With its seriously frenetic and high energy guitar riffs and drum beats, ‘Shave my Head’ is indie-pop-punk at its punchy, addictive best. Intelligent, articulate and outspoken, Shea’s feistiness, courage of her convictions and determination to stand her ground are both admirable and inspirational. “I was thinking a lot about the expectation we have for women to act in a hysterical way. Why women are portrayed negatively as hysterical and emotional, whereas crazy men are portrayed as tortured geniuses.”
The video sees clips of the band taking us on the Slutface tourist trail of their hometown Bergen, chopped up with footage of them playing live to a buoyantly enthusiastic crowd. The film, regularly interrupted with flashing images of static interference, is as frenetic and frantic as the song.
When you listen to ‘Shave My Head’, it’s actually very hard to believe that the group’s members are still full time University students. There aren’t many full time bands that could swing a track like this, never mind full-time undergrads! About to start working on their debut album, Slutface have indicated that they want their sound to evolve into something ‘more intense, quicker, harder and darker’, so we have that to look forward to in 2016!
‘Shave my Head’ is taken from Slutface’s A/B-side with ‘Get My Own’, out now via 0E0E (Propeller Records)
**Note, the original edited version of this piece was first published in Ja Ja Ja Nordic on 13th November, 2015