The Norwegian punk four-piece Sløtface have released their new music video Sponge State, which sees them atop a mountain playing a concert for, and standing with, activists against Nordic Mining’s dumping of more than 250 million tonnes of waste into the scenic fjord at Førde, Norway.
The band themselves are stalwart supporter of activism in defence of the environment; the track addresses the “apathy and lack of action that is symptomatic of our generation,” says vocalist Haley Shea. “It is about the fact that making the world a better place isn’t about sharing a post or tweeting… real change comes about by doing things and being an active participant.”
Music and all forms of art have an important role to play in resisting the destruction brought by mining across the world – the voice and strength lent to communities and activists from people and groups such as Sløtface cannot be understated. They continue a rich history of punk being at the forefront of activism and they also play good bloody punk.