Seattle band Tacocat have set off on a European tour which started yesterday (Saturday, August 24th) in Leeds support of ‘This Mess Is A Place’, their new full-length album. The band will then go on to play UK shows in Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff, London before arriving in Brighton on Friday 30th August at The Hope & Ruin.
‘This Mess Is A Place’ is their first for Sub Pop, and heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction in their sound. They’ve shared a charming new claymation music video for ‘Crystal Ball’ from director Violet Crabtree. Watch ‘Crystal Ball’ HERE.
When Seattle band Tacocat—vocalist Emily Nokes, bassist Bree McKenna, guitarist Eric Randall, and drummer Lelah Maupin—first started in 2007, the world they were responding to was vastly different from the current Seattle scene of diverse voices they’ve helped foster. It was a world of house shows, booking DIY tours on MySpace, and writing funny, deliriously catchy feminist pop-punk songs when feminism was the quickest way to alienate yourself from the then-en vogue garage-rock bros. Their lyrical honesty, humour, and hit-making sensibilities have built the band a fiercely devoted fanbase over the years, one that has followed them from basements to dive bars to sold-out shows at the Showbox. Every step along the way has been a seamless progression—from silly songs about Tonya Harding and psychic cats to calling out catcallers and poking fun at entitled weekend-warrior tech jerks on their last two records on Hardly Art, 2014’s ‘NVM’ and 2016’s ‘Lost Time’.
‘This Mess Is A Place’, Tacocat’s fourth full-length and first on Sub Pop, finds the band waking up in the morning after the 2016 election and figuring out how to respond to a new reality where evil isn’t hiding under the surface at all—it’s front and centre, with new tragedies and civil rights assaults filling up the scroll of the news-feed every day.
See Tacocat live:
Aug 24 – Leeds, UK – This Must Be The Place, Belgrave Music Hall
Aug 25 – Glasgow, UK – Broadcast
Aug 27 – Manchester, UK – Gullivers
Aug 28 – Cardiff, UK – Clwb Ifor Bach
Aug 29 – London, UK – Moth Club
Aug 30 – Brighton, UK – Hope and Ruin
Aug 31 – Paris, FR – Supersonic
Sep 01 – Brussels, BE – Botanique
Sep 03 – Nijmegen, NL – Merleyn
Sep 04 – Groningen, NL – Vera
Sep 05 – Amsterdam, NL – Paradiso
Sep 06 – Eindhoven, NL – Alstadt
Sep 07 – Rotterdam, NL – Rotown
Sep 09 – Nuremberg, DE – Kantine
Sep 10 – Berlin, DE – Marie Antoinette
Sep 11 – Hamburg, DE – Goldoner Saloon
Sep 13 – Copenhagen, DK – Loppen
Sep 14 – Oslo, NO – Revolver
Sep 15 – Stockholm, SE – Obaren
Oct 31 – Seattle, WA – Neumos
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