- Tacocat @ The Larimer Lounge, with The Paranoyds and Princess Dewclaw, Saturday, June 15, 9 p.m., 2721 Larimer St., $15/adv, $19/door, ages 16+, larimerlounge.com
Tacocat @ The Larimer Lounge, with The Paranoyds and Princess Dewclaw, Saturday, June 15, 9 p.m., 2721 Larimer St., $15/adv, $19/door, ages 16+, larimerlounge.com
Poor Katy Perry. First, Jill Sobule calls her a “fucking little slut” for lifting the title of Sobule’s ‘90s hit, “I Kissed a Girl.” Then, she’s derided for (allegedly) ripping off the Seattle fem-pop band Tacocat by dancing with anthropomorphic sharks during a Super Bowl performance.
Sure enough, the video for Tacocat’s “Crimson Wave,” a song about the perils of surfing during “that time of the month,” does find the band dancing alongside suspiciously similar sharks. “We demand a public apology,” frontwoman Emily Nokes told Rolling Stone. “Or she can take us on tour. Either or.” Sadly, neither of those things have happened. But 200,000 YouTube views later, Tacocat’s winning combination of enticing girl-group harmonies, alt-rock aggression and tongue-in-cheek attitude continues to win over critics and fans alike.
The band is currently on tour to promote This Mess Is a Place, Tacocat’s fourth album and first for the Sub Pop label, a mix of bubble-gum punk with the occasional dark lyric like “Worlds collide, pay no mind / Why don’t you come in, so you can take what’s mine?” And no, it’s not about Katy Perry.