Written by Jack Andrew Cribb
Sløtface first caught our attention back in April when they released their single Magazine, a punchy feminist punk-rock powerhouse. They have now released their debut album, Try Not To Freak Out, which I guess is a plea to all of us to keep the party going throughout the crazy and frightening world that is 2017. It’s an album of poignant and blistering pop-punk, framed through rose-and-cheap-beer-tinted glasses.
“Patti Smith would never put up with this shit”, sings vocalist Haley Shea in album opener, the previously mentioned Magazine. Sløtface have an great ability to craft easily-quotable, pop-culture-themed lyrics, which makes them a brilliantly fun band to listen to. Funnily enough, the album contains a whole company of things that Patti Smith would not put up with.
Try Not To Freak Out is a fairly bravado album. It’s anger and fun rolled up into an eleven-track project. Songs like the final track Backyard, a groovy, math-rock-esque that would be great to see live, Pitted, a heavy apocalyptic “And there’s that one song on, I hope for Queen B/ But I can fake it to Bohemian Rhapsody” we’ve-all-been-there party banger, and Night Guilt, which is almost a female-fronted Refused track, are emblems of the album itself, raw and unapologetic. The best thing about Try Not To Freak Out thought? That would be how relatable it is. It’s every teenage party, it’s every angry debate, it’s every lost love and every 90’s movie you’ve ever watched.
Social commentary forms a large part of the emotional background to the album, so that it’s not just another pop-punk release. Feminism, angst, anxiety, and depression, are themes that arise within Sløtface’s work, which grounds their party vibes in a poignancy that is not easy to disregard, and shouldn’t be. Tracks Nancy Drew and Galaxies (one of the slower jams on the album) are especially relevant.
While the album isn’t incredibly experimental in terms of composition, it is incredibly honest, and in a world so filled with alternative facts, a little honesty is extremely refreshing and heartfelt.