Written By Elyse Lankford
From the anthems “I Love Seattle” and “Men Explain Things to Me” to the quirky but essential tracks “Horse Grrls” and “Dana Katherine Scully,” Tacocat’s newest LP Lost Time via Hardly Art is the funnest, most unapologetically feminist, and empowering punk album I’ve heard in awhile. Maybe I don’t listen to enough current feminist punk bands, but just one play through this album had me wanting to stomp around my hometown of Seattle with a girl gang wearing DIY denim jackets adorned with feminist patches and pins, smashing the patriarchy with every step.
The four-piece Seattle band consisting of lead singer Emily Nokes, guitarist Eric Randall, drummer Lelah Maupin, and bassist Bree McKenna formed in 2007, released their debut album Shame Spiral in 2010, and gained popularity after their second album NVM (referencing Nirvana’s 1991 album) in 2014. They’ve since toured basements and house shows through the US and are currently touring Lost Time in the US and Europe after kicking off the tour at Chop Suey in Seattle.
Satirical themes and lyrics aimed at the patriarchy are woven through this whole album, embodying an attitude prevalent in Seattle’s 90s Riot Grrrl scene associated with Kathleen Hanna, Hanna’s band Bikini Kill, Sleater-Kinney, and others. Tacocat dismisses chauvinistic men with hilarious sarcasm in “Men Explain Things to Me”. They also dedicate an entire song to Dana Katherine Scully, a character from the show The X-Files. Nokes views Scully as an unconventional feminist icon from the 90s and admires her for her skeptical attitude and voice of reason in the show.
Nokes has the perfect punk voice that blends with catchy melodies, lo-fi guitar parts, and their technicolor style making for the brilliant pop-punk band that Tacocat is. The album is consistently upbeat and fast-paced with truly funny, sarcastic, and fun songs ending with the perfectly adorable track “Leisure Bees,” which features a 60s beach vibe in the chorus, essential power chords, and “That Thing You Do”–esque clapping—a perfect end to an all-around stellar album.
Favorite tracks: I Love Seattle, I Hate the Weekend, Horse Grrls