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The latest signing to Hardly Art are quirky bubblegum power-poppers Tacocat, who peddle a chunky pop-punk sound with plenty of teenage-angst sentimentality and the occasional blast of trumpet giving them a slight mariachi/ska flavour at various points. I think it's fair to say that if you're the type of person who'll be put off by their ridiculous name, they're probably not the band for you anyway ...

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6/10 Mike Staff review, 13 May 2014

The latest signing to Hardly Art are quirky bubblegum power-poppers Tacocat, who peddle a chunky pop-punk sound with plenty of teenage-angst sentimentality and the occasional blast of trumpet giving them a slight mariachi/ska flavour at various points. I think it's fair to say that if you're the type of person who'll be put off by their ridiculous name, they're probably not the band for you anyway.

This is pretty light-hearted and whimsical stuff, packed with bold melodies, but I'm finding it a bit too brashly cheesy. There's a surf-influenced song called 'Crimson Wave' about synchronised periods, there's a mariachi song about a 15th birthday called 'Psychedelic Quinceanera'. At their best they sound like Helen Love and The Ramones' girl-pop cousins, but for me this is so quirky and cutesy it's making my teeth hurt.

Undeniably catchy and energetic, and probably quite fun live, but in terms of this kind of slick girl-fronted grunge pop I'm much more taken by the new La Sera album this week.


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