Try Not to Freak Out (PRO­PEL­LER)

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Hav­ing at­tracted no­to­ri­ety, then fallen foul of so­cial me­dia safe­guards, the band formerly known as Slut­face re­con­fig­ured their name last year. Their sense of mis­chief re­mains in­tact, how­ever. The Nor­we­gian pop-punk out­fit come out fight­ing on the nag­ging Mag­a­zine, a cheer­ful di­a­tribe against the ob­jec­ti­fi­ca­tion of women: “Patti Smith would never put up with this shit,” sneers the cho­rus. They’re avowedly po­lit­i­cal, hav­ing protested over the con­tam­i­na­tion of a fjord in 2016, but just as irked by the glut of in­sipid male singer-song­writ­ers (Nancy Drew). Songs like Pit­ted, mean­while, prove Sløt­face are up for a party as well as polemic.

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