I am HUGE fan of Metric, and when I was sent SLØTFACE’s Empire Records EP, I thought I had been seen their second-coming. There are moments when your affinity for someone’s style and talent is so instantaneous, you feel shy by the fast love overtaking you. SLØTFACE will give instant pleasure with their mesmerizing punk-pop arrangements and the melted sugary voice of lead singer Haley Shea.
For my “top chefs” out there, when you place sugar in a tin sheet it begins to caramelize and melt into a dangerously delicious form that can be the top of any cake, which in essence, is what Shea’s voice is for SLØTFACE. In “Bright Lights”, she sultrily asks the listeners to take her away from the “edge of the stage” as she does not need to stand in the confusion of spotlight. Next, she anarchically turns “Empire Records” into the dream location for creative outcasts looking to blaze through societal norms and paint life with their own “idea” brush. After, “Take Me Dancing” is, basically, the “playful” plea of every young twenty-something to get a little “drunk” and dance like there is no worries or finals the next day. Meanwhile, the last and softest track of the Empire Records EP, is the one that practically everyone will relate to as she calls an ex to marvel how “fine” she is, while quietly contemplating the truth of said statement. Thus, whether she is fiery in command or vulnerably opening up, Shea has a voice that attracts listeners with its ability to never sound broken: only perseverant.
From Shea’s resilient voice to SLØTFACE’s attractive arrangements, Empire Records EP is worth buying and seeing played live. SLØTFACE has made a four track EP that feels like a punk pop quick-step. You want grab the “dames and gents”, and dance at a feverish pace to their frenetic and affirming lyrics on the rollercoaster that is life. Moreover, it is always a welcome to hear a band that is lyrically and sonically expansive in content compares to others. While everybody sings on the frustrations of relationships, SLØTFACE sings on the frustrations of being yourself, which, at times, can weigh more heavily on the soul or be the core issue to love’s woes. For More Information On SLØTFACE Click Here, and check out their US Tour Dates BELOW:
US Tour Dates
12/1 @ Baby’s All Right // Brooklyn, NY
12/2 @ DC9 Nightclub // Washington DC
12/3 @ Kung Fu Necktie // Philadelphia, PA
12/5 @ Schubas Tavern // Chicago, IL
12/7 @ Barboza // Seattle, WA
12/8 @ Holocene // Portland, OR
12/9 @ Rickshaw Stop // San Francisco, CA
12/10 @ Bootleg Theater // Los Angeles, CA