NVM by Tacocat on Apple Music

13 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chillwave, shoegaze redux, coldwave, garage revival, math rock ... with all the subgenres of indie rock out there, it must be difficult for some bands to figure out where they fit. Yet the name Tacocat pretty much points the way to this group’s territory (pop-punk nirvana). With three women (often decked out in polka-dot dresses) and one guy, all hailing from the Northwest, Tacocat are indeed fun, with songs about—well, you know: boys, aliens, dreaming, snow days. If you remember bands like The Muffs or The Fastbacks, Tacocat will sound familiar to you. If you’re a fan of newer female-led groups, like Shannon & The Clams or Grass Widow, Tacocat will feel like someone you met last week at a backyard barbecue. They do a superb job of meshing first-wave punk-pop girl groups with the nuances of today’s femme faves, and their songs are short and sweet, punchy as a prizefighter and catchy as that legwarmer trend that won’t go away. With punkier kickers like “Hey Girl,” sing-along pop treats like “Bridge to Hawaii,” Elastica-flavored nods like “Pocket Full of Primrose," and frothy surf songs like “Alien Girl,” NVM is one big party waiting to happen.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Chillwave, shoegaze redux, coldwave, garage revival, math rock ... with all the subgenres of indie rock out there, it must be difficult for some bands to figure out where they fit. Yet the name Tacocat pretty much points the way to this group’s territory (pop-punk nirvana). With three women (often decked out in polka-dot dresses) and one guy, all hailing from the Northwest, Tacocat are indeed fun, with songs about—well, you know: boys, aliens, dreaming, snow days. If you remember bands like The Muffs or The Fastbacks, Tacocat will sound familiar to you. If you’re a fan of newer female-led groups, like Shannon & The Clams or Grass Widow, Tacocat will feel like someone you met last week at a backyard barbecue. They do a superb job of meshing first-wave punk-pop girl groups with the nuances of today’s femme faves, and their songs are short and sweet, punchy as a prizefighter and catchy as that legwarmer trend that won’t go away. With punkier kickers like “Hey Girl,” sing-along pop treats like “Bridge to Hawaii,” Elastica-flavored nods like “Pocket Full of Primrose," and frothy surf songs like “Alien Girl,” NVM is one big party waiting to happen.

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About Tacocat

Tacocat is a punk-pop quartet from Seattle, Washington that formed in 2007. Drummer Lelah Maupin and guitarist Eric Randall first met while working together at a Safeway grocery store in their native Longview, Washington. After the two relocated to Seattle, they met bassist Bree McKenna and singer Emily Nokes. Bonding over their mutual love for the punk, indie, and riot grrrl music of the '90s, the four members of Tacocat began playing small shows at house parties around town and releasing singles. In late 2010, they released their debut album, Shame Spiral, an upbeat, 13-song album of fun, pop culture-referencing, catchy punk. The Woman's Day EP followed in 2011 and the following year they signed with Sub Pop subsidiary Hardly Art, releasing their second EP, Take Me to Your Dealer. During this time, Tacocat continued to release D.I.Y. singles via their website and Bandcamp page. McKenna was also part of the band Childbirth, with Pony Time's Stacy Peck and Julia Shapiro of Chastity Belt, and they released their debut album in 2013. Tacocat's second LP and Hardly Art debut, NVM, was produced by Seattle rock legend Conrad Uno and arrived in February 2014. After another Childbirth album, 2015's Women's Rights, the band returned with their third album, the Erik Blood-produced Lost Time, in early 2016. ~ Timothy Monger

  • ORIGIN
    Seattle, WA
  • FORMED
    2007

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