A message of not allowing our first impressions to guide us? A call to solve and eradicate the toxicity in our surroundings? We’re not sure, but then TACOBITCH aren’t necessarily here to make sense.
A multi-figured (roughly seven people, we think) collective that cross music with choreography, performance art and drag, the Oslo-based artists played their first show just a year ago at by:Larm Festival – after submitting a demo tape that has since gone on to become this, their debut EP. They’ve been wowing their homeland since, with interdisciplinary performances that take in everything from group members dressing up as yetis, while others don balaclavas and dance. They touch on reference points ranging from The Knife and Pussy Riot to broader club culture and comic book aesthetics, managing to come across as all and none of that at the same time.
Any one of them can take on vocals at any point, while musically theirs is a mix of punk and techno – although when it gets really weird it brings to mind happy hardcore, early 90s Prodigy, or the kind of cheap sample mashups that perforated the internet at the beginning of the millennium.
“Our agenda has been to completely merge music, dance and costume visuals into new exalted practices and expressions” they explain. “We see it as musicians being dancers and dancers being musicians, we don’t see ourselves as separated performers – and if people who experience us have a lot of fun and leave with some unanswered questions, we’re happy.”