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From The Powerpuff Girls to Katy Perry - This Seattle Band Makes a Huge Splash

Tacocat may just be Seattle's busiest band - so we were pretty pumped and honored when they found time to sit down with us to chat about everything that's been going on.

"It was a really crazy year," said lead vocalist Emily Nokes, "A lot of touring."

The band toured all over the country and around Europe with their new album 'Lost Time', and they also played at SXSW, Sasquatch and at the Bernie Sanders rally here in Seattle.

Oh yeah, and then there was the Powerpuff Girls thing.

"Cartoon Network did a revamp on the show, and they wanted a new song. They asked us to do it," said bassist Bree McKenna. "We actually have a lot more little girl fans that come up to us at shows and sing that song to us. It's kind of insane."

Currently, three of the members of Tacocat live in the same Central District house, which has been home to dozens of Seattle musicians through the years and features heavily in many of the band's music videos.

"'I Hate the Weekend' was filmed in this room," said Bree. "Bridge to Hawaii has the front of the house and then Lelah's room".

Another of the band's music videos landed them in a feud with none other than Katy Perry.

"We were watching the Superbowl," said guitarist Eric Randall, "And we had just that year released the 'Crimson Wave' music video. So the half-time show starts happening and as the beach portion starts happening I looked and I was like - that looks an awful lot like our video. And then everyone started texting us like - can you believe this? So we tweeted something about it."

"And then someone from MTV emailed us the next day," said Bree, "And said like, 'oh we want some comments about this Katy Perry feud' and we were like... oh god."

"People got actually mad on our behalf, "said drummer Lelah Maupin. "And I was like nononono. I love Katy Perry. I don't care."

Tacocat draws a lot of inspiration from the feminist Riot Grrrl scene that exploded out of Olympia in the 1990s.

"I saw Bratmobile play when I was like 18 and just starting to play in bands and stuff and in high school and I saw them play live and they really blew my mind," said Eric.

"Yeah, for sure," Emily chimed in. "And beyond like the feminist concepts that were really powerful, cause I never heard anything like that before, I kind of was just so enamored with the idea that you could just make a band if you wanted to. 'Cause it had never occurred to me before, it was like--no no, you have to be like a classically trained person. And like, no one will let you do that. And you can just learn as you're going."

"Which we did." said Bree.

Tacocat's next local show is March 1 in Tacoma. More info on their website.

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