This Mess Is A Place

Seattle’s Tacocat are set to release their sparkly Sub Pop debut “This Mess Is A Place” (out 5/3), and we’ve pulled for you the first single And video off it, “Grains Of Salt”—an ode for “remembering who the f*ck you are”!


Tacocat’s upcoming album heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction for the band, and the new music video for “Grains Of Salt” features a variety of Seattle’s finest drag performers.


Of the track, lead singer Emily Nokes explains, “This song is for roller skating, friendship, self friendship, yes and no doubt, turning it off, running up and down that hill, leaving gross stuff behind, landing the backflip, imposter syndrome, being your own genie, and remembering who the f*ck you are.”


When Seattle band Tacocat 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, humor, 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 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 center, with new tragedies and civil rights assaults filling up the scroll of the newsfeed every day.

Listen: Tacocat – “Grains Of Salt” (radio edit)

Tacocat – “Grains Of Salt” (radio edit)