Photo by Amanda Farah
Tacocat are a brightly-coloured pop-punk outfit set against the grey rainy backdrop of Seattle – a juxtaposition emphasised in the first single, “Bridge to Hawaii” (2013). Combining catchy choruses, workhorse riffs and internet humour, they gained notoriety with “Crimson Wave”, an ode to menstruation whose video was famously ripped off by Katy Perry in 2015 during her Super Bowl performance.
With their wonky technicolour wigs and weed references, Tacocat seem perfectly at home in Loppen. It’s a long way from home, but even here they have enough of a following that there is a solid first row chanting the words back to them. Four albums into their career, the band still has the feel of a local underground favourite.
Knowing a thing or two about living in rainy, dark places, the band have arrived in Denmark at the perfect time to counteract the effects of early-onset seasonal affective disorder. Between vocalist Emily Nokes’s energetic dancing and the fans (the machines rather than the humans) blowing everyone’s hair into glam-rock crowns, the band feel like a self-contained tropical micro-climate as they launch into songs about science fiction and Scully off of X-Files.
The set is a brisk one, with the exception of some technical difficulties with the aforementioned fans, a rush to the closing of Friday night for a band who end their set singing about how much they hate weekends.