Fresh off their newest release, Norwegian band Sløtface visited Brudenell Social Club’s Community Room for a party and a half on their tour of the UK.
Leeds lo-fi band Bad Idea, formed of guitarist Sarah Sefton and drummer Daniel Johnson, open the night with songs as fuzzy as your favourite sweater, but that’s not to say they’re not ones to dance to. With grunge-pop influence, slow builds and a sounds reminiscent of something perfect to play in your parents’ garage on a weekday night in, the band plays about anything from not getting a text back from someone you really like, to admiration of ‘boys and cars’.
More locals in the form of four-piece Bradford band Glass Mountain turned the stage into an experimental cinema, with projections swirling and flashing as an overlay on the band. The songs aren’t a far distance off from the videos playing; new single ‘Gin Flow Through My Veins’, out in three weeks, culminates into a tight and flowing crescendo as cosmic patterns pulsate, and footage of surfers plays whilst they drift through the sleepy but soulful ‘Cowboy Song’. Closing out with favorite ‘Glacier’, a soft synthy piano that sounds like floating in slow motion over clouds whilst the slightest gust of wind current holds you aloft builds slowly into a heavy and brooding beat for a chorus split only by the same dreamy chords. Glass Mountain are an explosion, and yet still a whisper.
Sløtface, a punky band with plenty of spunk and feminism to go around, could probably turn anything into a raving party if they wanted to. In fact, they did: check out their music video for ‘Sponge State’, filmed at a protest supporting youth activists at a mining company in Førde. This being their seventh or eighth time playing Leeds (“which is pretty impressive for a band from Norway”), one would think they would have tired of the city, but that isn’t apparent in their lively performance. Mosh pits were joined, vocalist Haley Shea was hoisted onto shoulders, and sweat was exchanged during “the sweatiest gig we’ve played in a long time.”
The four-piece have seemed to find the perfect medium between taking things too seriously and having far too much fun. They keep things light with many songs that exemplify feelings shared and exchanged between young people trying to find their place in the world, but touch on relevant social issues at the same time. And, as they always do, they know how to put on a damn good show.
Words and visuals by Francesca Tirpak