There seems to be a certain renaissance of female rock bands with a riot grrrl approach. Be it the the nonchalance of Spanish group Hinds, the swagger of Pins or the whimsy of Courtney Barnett, Seattle punks Tacocat fit right in (although admittedly they have one male member).
Their very name shows that the four piece don’t take themselves quite too seriously. Formed eight years ago by four actual best friends over a shared love for feminism, sci-fi, and of course tacos, Lost Time is the third record by the Seattle quartet and their first with local producer Erik Blood.
Video: Tacocat – I Hate The Weekend
With a muffled garage sound and upbeat songs that run just about 2 minutes, vocalist and tambourine player Emily Nokes warbles away to tunes about feminism (Plan A, Plan B; Horse Grrls), boredom (I Hate The Weekend) and a shared love for The X-Files (Dana Katherine Scully) ever staying true to their Seattle grunge heritage.
Like The X-Files reboot, Lost Time feels a bit dated at times and offers little surprises. I Hate The Weekend is clearly a standout track and I can picture people anxiously waiting for it to be played at their live shows. The music is fun, the lyrics are witty at times and yet Lost Time feels like I’d heard it a hundred times before. Despite this general criticism, Tacocat’s third offering is a summerly record that will make you tap your toes along to the jangly beats.
Lost Time is out on April 1st via Hardly Art.
Album Stream: Tacocat – Lost Time
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