If dystopia hosted a disco, Tacocat’s fourth-full length ‘This Mess Is A Place’ would be a strong selection from the doom-ridden DJ. The rainbow-flecked guitars, playful backing vocals and huge choruses would certainly have you on your feet, whilst the sarcastic one liners, “what a time to be barely alive” would enshroud you in reality.
Waking up the morning after the 2016 election represented a dystopia for the Seattle four piece. ‘This Mess Is A Place’ is Tacocat figuring it and its aftermath through in the only way they can – with flamboyant, bubblegum indie. Vocalist Emily Nokes puts it best saying “We can examine some hard stuff, make fun of some evil stuff, feel some soft feelings, feel some rage feelings, feel some bitter-ass feelings, sift through memories, feel wavy-existential, and still go get a banana daiquiri at the end.”
Nokes may be living in “a twilight zone of perpetual horror” yet she still manages to find hope. In ‘Hologram’ she reminds us that the walls of power are imaginary, “Just remember if you can, power is a hologram”, while on ‘Grains of Salt’ she recognises that if individuals stay true to themselves power can be overthrown, “don’t forget to remember who the fuck you are” she urges.
“This Mess Is a Place” is both a refuge and a starting point for action. So stick it on, dance for a while and then get out there and go clean up this mess!