Kerrang! (UK) - - Lives - SAM LAW

PLUS: SCHNARFF SCHNARFF NICE N SLEAZY, GLAS­GOW. 15.02.17 KKKKK SCAN­DI­NA­VIAN PUNK ROCK’S BRIGHT­EST LIGHTS AC­CEL­ER­ATE THEIR DAZ­ZLING AS­CENT ■ “OH WOW,” gasps one pleas­antly-shocked punter, for­get­ting her in­door-voice a cou­ple of songs in tonight.“i think I’ve got a brand new girl-crush!” By the looks of the other faces crammed into this Glaswe­gian bunker, she’s not alone. Sur­prise, see, is still on Sløtface’s side.a time is com­ing when hav­ing seen Ha­ley Shea lead­ing the Sta­vanger punks in a sub­ter­ranean space as con­fined as Nice N Sleazy will be some­thing to brag about. Right now, how­ever, they’re still win­ning fans one sing-along at a time. Bril­liantly/ter­ri­bly-ti­tled open­ers Schnarff Schnarff win plenty of their own tonight, too. Sport­ing some rough-edges amongst their Deftones-touched tex­ture and grungy gui­tars, they’re great, but they’re still well be­hind the hot­ter-than-the-sun head­lin­ers.“ev­ery­body needs to get much closer to the stage!” de­mands Ha­ley as Sløtface ar­rive, gain­ing mo­men­tum with a wicked grin. Spark­ing with bright-eyed in­tel­li­gence and raw ac­tivist at­ti­tude, the cool, woolly-sweatered front­woman knows that nights like these are num­­cord­ingly, the fizzing melodies of Take Me Danc­ing and Try Not To Freak Out pop with seize-the-mo­ment ur­gency. Bright Lights ebbs with en­tranc­ing indie-rock sen­su­al­ity. Em­pire Records bounces with all the de­fi­ant out­sider-cool of its 1995 cin­e­matic name­sake. Songs off their up­com­ing de­but LP sound even bet­ter, with in­tim­i­dat­ing­sound­ing six-stringer Tor-arne Vik­ingstad ex­chang­ing pro­pel­lant riffage for au­di­ence-mem­bers’ Buck­fast­cider cock­tails, while Hal­vard Skeie Wiencke and Lasse Lokøy keep the rhythm-section bouncier than a rub­ber kan­ga­roo. Blaz­ing-out with es­tab­lished an­thems Sponge State and Shave My Head, though, the hoarse-throats and thumped-feet leave lit­tle doubt: we’re watch­ing Scandi-su­per­stars-in-wait­ing.

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