We try to stick to local music here at The Bay Bridged. But every so often, a band from far afield crosses our path that we just have to shout out.

Norwegian punks Sløtface (that ‘ø’ makes kind of an ‘uh’ sound — say it out loud) landed in my inbox quite some time ago, and I’ve been grasping for a reason to write about them ever since. Sløtface are modern masters of pop-punk that sounds like your local college station in the early aughts. The only way you can tell it’s post-iPhone is that they lyrics carry a lot of the feminist themes of today. And they practice what they preach: Outside the studio, they’re outspoken defenders of equal rights and the environment. They even once performed for peaceful protesters occupying a fjord under siege from a mining company. I’ve never been to their hometown of Stavanger, but I spent some time in Norway earlier this year. Pretty much anywhere in the dramatic landscapes of Norway can inspire that kind of protectiveness.

Anyway, they’re embarking on an American tour with the like-minded Hinds and Snail Mail soon. Catch them at the New Parish in January. Stream their new record, Try Not to Freak Out, below.

Sløtface, Hinds, Snail Mail
The New Parish
January 12, 2017
9pm, $10 (18+)