One of feminism’s biggest hurdles has always been that it isn’t allowed to be fun. Tacocat gives that notion precisely the credence that it deserves by ignoring it altogether and making unselfconscious pop songs about Plan B, night swimming, high school horse girls, and the bridge-and-tunnel bros who turn their neighborhood into a toilet every weekend. The four best friends—Emily Nokes (vocals, tambourine), Eric Randall (guitar), Lelah Maupin (drums), and Bree McKenna (bass)—have fostered a feminist punk scene in Seattle so fertile it’s going national.
Tacocat’s third studio album, Lost Time, is their first with producer Erik Blood (Shabazz Palaces, Moondoggies, THEESatisfaction), who adds a fullness to the band’s familiar sparkling snarl. “I would describe him generally as a beautiful wizard,” Nokes says, “who… took the album to the next level. Wizard level.” On Lost Time, Tacocat is triumphantly youthful but also plainspoken and wise, as catchy as they are substantive. “Men Explain Things to Me,” for example, eviscerates male condescension with sarcastic surf guitar, while, on “The Internet,” they swat away trolls with an imperiousness so satisfying that audiences will want to transmogrify it into a sheetcake and devour it.
“[Tacocat] have a lyrical knack for balancing the fun parts of life, like eating Peeps, with its less-rad moments, like getting a urinary tract infection.” – Rookie
“Only the sarcastic irreverence of Tacocat can lift you out of your vortex of suckitude.” – Pitchfork
Recommended Tracks: Track #14, “I Hate the Weekend (Radio Edit),” track #8, “Talk,” track #13, “FDP (Radio Edit),” track #7, “Plan A, Plan B,” track #1, “Dana Katherine Scully”
RIYL: Chastity Belt, L7, Courtney Love, The Julie Ruin, Shannon and the Clams, La Luz, Hinds, Guantanamo Baywatch, Colleen Green
FCC Warning: #2 and #4 (clean versions provided)
Label: Hardly Art
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Watch the official video to Track #14 “I Hate the Weekend” below:
Listen to track #8 “Talk” below: