Last year a number of super polished pop vocals broke out from often overlooked Norway. Amongst these pristine offerings, Haley Shea’s voice pierced the landscape and introduced the scuzzy sounds of Sløtface (fka Slutface). Their faultless debut EP Sponge State was a four track collection of nervous romance, name-dropping rock legends and paying homage to early 90s grunge. ‘Kill ‘Em With Kindness’ brimmed with attitude, angst and a feeling of vitality to both songwriting and delivery. Shea performs in such a frantic manner it seems she’s concerned the track is going to run away without her before she’s able to land her urgent punchlines.

Arriving at the release of their debut album with a reputation as fierce live contenders and a solid string of previously released singles, the band thankfully deliver on the amounting hype. Try Not To Freak Out successfully combines the band’s love of hectic 00s guitar bands including The Wombats and Arctic Monkeys with their love of heavier Norwegian artists such as Kvelertak and throws in a little 90s Hole for good measure. It is also full of sparkling new material including the gigantic ‘Galaxies’, where there’s percussion breaking at every moment with the sheer abandonment of The Libertines and a Sunflower Bean simplicity.

Sløtface have an ace card in Haley’s female lead vocal. While a ton of bands have broken in the UK this year creating a similar sound including VANT, Rat Boy and The Amazons, Shea offers a fresh feminine perspective. She proves that it’s okay for a young woman to be crass, rude, near revolting if these are the emotions they are processing during their formative years. ‘Pitted’ includes the brilliant line “dressed in all black, bitching on a kitchen counter in a corner with my girls/ Playing marry, fuck, kill with every actor that’s ever played James Bond.” This summates the brilliance of Haley’s ability to write tracks that are immediately relatable and hopelessly familiar.

Shea coos menacingly on ‘Nancy Drew’ how our nightmare protagonist threatens to “take your welfare boys club down.” It has the same unabashed femininity of Patti Smith when she first reared both her head and guitar way back in the mid-70s. The powerhouse vocalist is name dropped in the album’s epic opener ‘Magazine’, a track that succinctly KOs the superficiality of the media’s portrayal of females without straying into preacher territory. It carries itself with a Smashing Pumpkins like air of enjoyment, a cheeky wink to camera before another riff crashes into the mix. It also gifts us a lyric quotable for the ages “Patti Smith would never put up with this shit.”

Try Not To Freak Out has the same free spirit of the band’s charged EPs. It does not lose any of its feminist aggression nor its political undertones. Sløtface’s super charged punk pop will leave your head spinning, but once you’ve stopped freaking out, you’ll be hitting repeat on this joyful, spiky little beast over and over.