Funny, yet strikingly real and relatable.
Label: Hardly Art
Released: 1st April 2016
‘Lost Time’ is the third album from the four Seattle best friends in Tacocat, and demonstrates exactly why they should be your new favourite band. ‘Lost Time’ sees their fun feminist surf pop punk take new territory thanks to producer Erik Blood, who, frontwoman Emily Nokes says, “took the album to the next level. Wizard level.” That it did, ‘Lost Time’ is bigger, bolder, and more polished than the scruffy and hasty, but still loveable sounds, on 2014’s ‘NVM’.
The lyrical content isn’t wholly different though, which is a good thing in Tacocat’s case where candidness is a facet they proudly hold high in all songs. Production may have made the sound more rounded, but as ever, the mean hooks and basslines are still raw, contrasting with the sweet power pop punk vocals.
Tacocat’s imagination explodes on this record where they explore both real and obscure topics: third track ‘I Love Seattle’ is an upbeat indie pop song about a the band’s irrevocable love for a dystopian, flooded Seattle, a nod to the scene being today, the best it has ever been, with the surge of more and more feminist punk bands defining it.
Feminism is still very much at the heart of what the band do. Tacocat take the most mundane and common aspects of young adult life, and turn them into quirky, and upbeat satirical songs sung in passive aggressive deadpan tones. It’s funny, yet strikingly real and relatable.
‘The Internet’ is a song about trolling, where the vocals wail, and ‘Plan A, Plan B’ is an echoing punk song about contraception. Tacocat are talking about uncomfortable and real issues people don’t often address in rock music, using their exigency for and proficiency in all things fun, to create intellectual and charismatic conversational songs.
Feminist punk can be cliche and the aggression comes with it, interpretable as misandry, but bands like Tacocat flip a sugar-coated middle finger to those who misrepresent the cause, showing how feminism can be as much about fun as it is about confronting issues faced by both sexes. Jasleen Dhindsa