Sløtface are back, and earlier this month, they offered up a killer new tune to boot. Having spent the best part of the last year working on their new album – the follow-up to their 2017 debut ‘Try Not To Freak Out’ – they’ve now officially broken cover and released another sugar-coated ear worm in the form of the excellently-titled ‘Telepathetic’.
“We felt we lacked a Billy Idol kind-of track, like ‘Dancing With Myself’,” the band’s Tor-Arne Vikingstad explains, of how the track came about. “So at 11pm, after a long day in the studio Lasse came up with the intro-riff while Odd Martin [Skålnes, the producer they’ve been working with] was playing the chords on an acoustic guitar. We were all so tired, but we went straight to recording it. It definitely wouldn’t have turned out the way that it did if we were well rested, and I don’t remember much from it. I don’t believe Nils remembers playing the drums at all!”
It’s unsurprising, then, considering its beginnings, that it boasts an infectious, restless energy. But it’s not necessarily the best marker for where their new material’s headed. “This song is probably the most “in between” of the songs on the new record,” Haley Shea confirms. “It’s kind of right in the middle of our first album and our second as far as mood and maturity goes.”
“We’ll also be showcasing a more serious and heartfelt side of ourselves that we’re a bit nervous about showing people.”
A new single isn’t all the band have up their sleeves: they’re also going to be returning to the UK later this month for a very special DIY Presents show, at London’s Electrowerkz. “We’re sooo stoked to be playing shows again!” Haley continues. “We’re really looking forward to showing people the new material and introducing them to Nils, our sick new drummer. People should expect a lot of the excitement and genuine joy we bring to our shows - that hasn’t changed - but we’ll also be showcasing a more serious and heartfelt side of ourselves that we’re a bit nervous about showing people. I’ve never performed a love song that’s as sincere as the one on the new record for instance, and that seems so much scarier than screaming my head off at people.”
Sløtface’s new single ‘Telepathetic’ is out now. They play at London’s Electrowerkz on 25th June.
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