Seattle band Tacocat released their new full-length album, This Mess Is a Place, last Friday, May 3rd via Sub Pop. The sparkly new album is their first for the label and heralds a more pop-driven and ebullient direction in their sound. We caught up with four-piece to find out a little more about what does (and doesn’t) make them tick…

This Mess Is a Place, Tacocat’s fourth full-length album, 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. “What a time to be barely alive,” laments ‘Crystal Ball’, a gem that examines the more intimate side of responding emotionally to the news cycle. How do you keep fighting when all you want to do is stay in bed all day? “Stupid computer stupor/Oh my kingdom for some better ads,” Nokes sings, throwing in some classic Tacocat snark, “Truth spread so thin/It stops existing.”

Despite current realities being depressing enough to make anyone want to crawl under the covers and sleep for a thousand years, Tacocat are doing what they’ve always done so well: mingling brightness, energy, and hope with political critique. This Mess Is a Place is charged with a hopefulness that stands in stark contrast to music that celebrates apathy, despair, and numbness.

We caught up with the Seattle four piece to find out about a few things that do (and don’t) make them tick…

Three words to describe our/my music
Fun, smart, feelings.

Last photo on your phone…
A snap of the back of my car full of records packed and ready to ship out!

Favourite instagram account…
I follow a lot of cute pet raccoons, but right now I’m obsessed with the tag “vintage food.” Everything that’s been popping up #vintagefood is simultaneously beautiful and grotesque.

The best venue I’ve played…
We’ve played so many nice venues with amazing sound and staff and accommodations, but when it comes to the ~actual venue experience~ I have to say Meow Wolf in Santa Fe, New Mexico — it’s a whole interactive art project that I can barely even describe because there’s so much too it. Highly recommended.

Earliest song you remember…
Simon & Garfunkel’s “Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme.”

The worst job I’ve ever had…
My first and worst job was at Dairy Queen when I was 14 or 15. I got fired having a food fight and for giving away 80-cent Dilly Bars, which my boss tried to spin to my parents as “stealing.”

Favourite food on tour…
In-N-Out grilled cheese.

My favourite word…
Lemniscate. (I especially like that it comes from the Latin lēmniscātus meaning “decorated with ribbons,” which is so sweet.)

Things that cheer me up…
Baths, weed and television, my handsome cat, pets in general, new tattoos, sampling makeup I can’t afford, learning new things, baking, kissing, sunshine, exploring new neighborhoods, cheap bouquets, finishing books, Christmas lights year-round, finding the perfect gift, changing my hair.

If I could play a gig anywhere it would be…
If it wasn’t so ethically dubious, I think it would be very cool to play on an indoor beach in Dubai!

I think you should listen to…
Cate Le Bon! I’m sure you already do haha. Great Seattle bands right now: Red Ribbon, Spesh, DoNormaal, the Black Tones, TERMINATor.
-If I could see anyone play live it would be…
Cardi B, Prince, or the Spice Girls.

This Mess Is A Place is out now.