By Shirley Qiu / Seattle Times staff
An eclectic Capitol Hill crowd of 20-30 joined local rock band Tacocat at Bluebird Ice Cream shop Thursday night to mingle and taste the band’s new ice cream flavor: Choco-Tacocat, Seattle’s latest ice cream-musician collaboration.
A Capitol Hill-based band formed in 2007, Tacocat creates rock music spiked with a candy sugar rush, turning everyday life into a peppy, catchy song. The group is comprised of lead singer Emily Nokes (who splits her time between Tacocat and her job as music editor at The Stranger), Eric Randall, Bree McKenna, and Lelah Maupin.
Both a play on Tacocat’s name and an homage to the Klondike ice cream treat known as Choco Tacos, Choco-Tacocat is the city’s third musician-dedicated ice cream flavor in the past year, following in the footsteps of Mudhoney and Sir Mix-A-Lot.
The blend, containing peanuts, waffle cone and chocolate fudge folded into vanilla ice cream, was a hit among band members and customers alike.
One customer and longtime Tacocat fan, Chi, said he usually makes an effort to see Tacocat when he can. In fact, he said, they’re one of the only bands he will go see in concert.
“They really pull off punk-pop,” he said, which he finds rare these days.
He also appreciates the “real-life issues” they sing about, even if they are sometimes about a woman’s time-of-month.
Another longtime fan, Jacob Mendenhall, brought his family along to support the band and Bluebird.
He’s also noticed the trend of ice cream and musician partnerships, saying he likes that it helps both the Seattle music scene and the local mom and pop, small business ice cream shops.
Plus, in yesterday’s recording-breaking weather, he said it was “the perfect day for an ice cream.”