Sløtface – Sponge State EP
Pop-punk gets a fresh coat of paint, all the way from Norway. Sam Lambeth gets to enjoy some Nordic noise on the excellent Sponge State.
“Kill ’em with kindness wins worst lyric of the year,” coos Haley Shea on the dance-tinged ‘Kill ‘Em With Kindness’, a song that blurs Two Door Cinema Club with Black Kids. It may be a throwaway lyric – about throwaway lyrics – but it sums up Sløtface’s attitude to censorship – they’re not here for trite truisms or half-baked platitudes; they’re here to rally against conformity.
Opener ‘Get My Own’ is a rallying call-to-arms, set to a punky riff that surprisingly recalls Mackem rockers The Futureheads. Punchy, antagonistic and in-yer-face, Shea’s delivery throughout the EP is a revelation, whether she be chanelling her inner Ida Maria on the uproarious ‘Sponge State’ or adopting a Nina Persson-esque twang on the closing ‘Shave My Head’.
Musically, the EP is a barnstorming brew of blistering rock, recalling fellow Scandanavian scamps The Wannadies, as well as bands such as The Dollyrots, Sky Larkin and The Cribs. Whether they were a huge fan of mid-noughties indie remains to be seen, but it certainly seems that way as the abrasive arpeggios elevate the jerky ‘Sponge State’ or the ramshackle riffs that hinge together ‘Shave My Head’.
It’s clear – Shea isn’t going to compromise. And listening to such a fervent introduction, we really wouldn’t want it any other way.