Tacocat’s Lelah Maupin On Aliens, Producer Erik Blood, and ‘Lost Time’
Tue, 26 Apr 2016 08:50:46
Since forming almost 10 years ago, Seattle four-piece pop punk band Tacocat has proved to be much more than a purveyor of peppy tunes and a name that's fun to spell backwards. Tacocat—that's Emily Nokes (vocals, tambourine), Eric Randall (guitar), Lelah Maupin (drums), and Bree McKenna (bass)—has earned its Friskies with songs on subjects from menstruation ("Crimson Wave") and cat-calling ("Hey Girl") to the Chads and Brads that go full-on bro come Saturday night ("I Hate The Weekend").
It's a fem-tastic style that's rooted in the region—think Sleater-Kinney, Bikini Kill, 7 Year Bitch— though it's finessed with less venom and more glitter, making Tacocat, Lindy West writes, "a group making art about experiences in which gender is both foregrounded and neutralized. This isn't lady stuff, it's people stuff. It's normal. It's life."
The band's latest album, Lost Time, was recently released on Hardly Art records and Tacocat is currently on the road with the new songs in tow. The band was stopping through Chicago recently when ARTISTdirect Interview's Gwendolyn Elliott caught up with Maupin to talk about the new project, Bernie Sanders, and what a fun feminist song should sound like.
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