Every weekday, DIY’s new music know-it-all Neu brings you one essential new release to get obsessed with. Today’s Neu Pick comes from Sløtface.
Name-checking a 90s flick that follows a bunch of independent record store employees as they try to defend their shop being bought out by a retail giant is always a great start, song-wise. ‘Empire Records’ by Sløtface, then, already has the makings of a monster, and it more than delivers.
The title-track of a new EP from the Norwegian rabble-rousers dreams of “working in a run-down record store” to escape a constant cycle of sleeping in too late on Sundays, and getting stuck in a repeating loop of Netflix binges. Elsewhere on ‘Empire Records’ Haley Shea also offers to play bass for fictional band Sonic Death Monkeys (from another noughties movie, High Fidelity). As well as being a pop culture dot to dot, the song sees Sløtface soaring atop crisp snares, restlessly fidgeting plunks of bass and curling, squealing guitar solos. It’s an all-out winner.
On 4th November, Sløtface take to Manchester’s Fallow Café, fora DIY Presents gig alongside Bruising, PLAZA, and CAESAR. They’re also off on a full tour - keep scrolling for details of where to catch the Scandinavians over the next few months.
We’ve got the first spin of Sløtface’s new single ‘Empire Records’. Have a listen below.
27 The Islington, London
28 The Finsbury, London
29 The Lock Tavern, London
01 The Victoria, London
03 Broadcast, Glasgow
04 Fallow Café, Manchester (DIY Presents)
01 Baby’s All Right, Brooklyn NY
02 DC9 Nightclub, Washington DC
03 Kung Fu Necktie, Philadelphia PA
05 Schubas Tavern, Chicago IL
07 Barboza, Seattle WA
08 Mississippi Studios, Portland OR
09 Rickshaw Stop, San Francisco CA
10 Bootleg Theater, Los Angeles CA
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