This Mess Is A Place

Following up their pair of Specialty Show #1’s (2 weeks in a row!) for “Grains Of Sand”, Tacocat unveil the next slice of heaven from their forthcoming Sub Pop debut and in “Hologram”!


Tacocat’s upcoming “This Mess Is A Place” heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction for the band. “Just remember if you can, power is a hologram,” lead singer Emily Nokes intones on second single “Hologram”, which smuggles a discourse on power dynamics and the nature of reality inside of a candy-colored pop-rock coating.


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 – “Hologram”

Tacocat – “Hologram”