Following the release of the contemplative ‘New Year, New Me’, Norway’s Sløtface share their new single ‘Tap The Pack’. The track is the latest to come from their upcoming second album, Sorry For The Late Reply, with the long-awaited LP, due for release on January 31 via Propeller Recordings. The album marks the first time the band have acted as co-producers, as they worked alongside Odd Martin Skålnes (Sigrid, Aurora) in creating their most accomplished body of work to date.
Building on the hurricane of momentum gathered by their bombastic 2017 debut Try Not To Freak Out, Sløtface’s second album channels their livewire energy into focussed but multi-faceted explorations of both Shea’s experiences of growing up in Norway with American parents, and of wider themes of self-acceptance and self-betterment.
Producer Odd Martin Skålnes’ pop sensibilities complement Sløtface’s knack for melody and memorability and the album bears the marks of influences as diverse as singer-songwriter Julien Baker and socially conscious Swedish rapper Silvana Imam. “It sounds like rock but it’s more defined, in a sense,” says Vikingstad of the end result.
Described by the band as more “minimalistic,” “braver” and more “raw” than their last effort, Sorry for the Late Reply features lyrics more pointed and delicately observed than ever, whether Shea is reflecting on a break-up (‘Stuff’), decrying the injustices faced by women and immigrants (‘S.U.C.C.E.S.S.’), or wistfully moving through her complex emotions about the U.S. and how her experience of nationality has shaped her (‘Passport’).
Alongside the release of ‘New year, new me’, the band recently announced an upcoming headline tour for March, following their last sold out run supporting Canadian punk heavyweights PUP. Please see below for all upcoming dates and further info on the new LP.
Upcoming UK tour dates:
Mar 14th | Southampton, UK @ The Joiners
Mar 15th | Bristol, UK @ Louisiana
Mar 16th | Cardiff, UK @ Clwb ifor Bach
Mar 18th | Nottingham, UK @ Bodega Social Club
Mar 19th | Liverpool, UK @ Arts Club Loft
Mar 20th | Leeds, UK @ Headrow House
Mar 21st | Newcastle, UK @ Think Tank
Mar 23rd | Glasgow, UK @ Broadcast
Mar 24th | Manchester, UK @ Deaf Institute
Mar 26th | Birmingham, UK @ Hare & Hounds
Mar 27th | London, UK @ The Garage
Mar 28th | Brighton, UK @ Patterns
Mar 30th | Paris, FR @ Supersonic
Mar 31st | Amsterdam, NL @ Cinetol
Apr 1st | Antwerp, BE @ Kavka
Apr 3rd | Hamburg, DE @ Hafenklang
Apr 4th | Berlin, DE @ Badehaus
Apr 5th | Munich, DE @ Sunny Red