Cloud Nothings, Tacocat and Chastity Belt, who all play with youthful energy, are featured at the Neptune Theatre on Thursday, May 14, for a Seattle Theater Group Little Big Show fundraiser.
On the heels of Sleater-Kinney’s triumphant three-night stand at the Showbox, a pair of fresh-faced, female-fronted Seattle bands with onstage charisma to rival those reunited riot-grrls-turned-rock-stars play Thursday (May 14) at The Neptune Theatre. Those groups, Chastity Belt and Tacocat, will be joined by Cleveland’s Cloud Nothings for the 12th installment in Seattle Theater Group’s Little Big Show arts-organization benefit series.
The four women of Chastity Belt and coed quartet Tacocat are more likely to start a party than a riot but use their accessible indie rock as a vehicle for pro-feminist sentiment. Notably, both break from the super-serious Northwest rock of the ’90s by delivering their message with a sly sense of humor. Look no farther than the titles of their breakout albums: CB’s “No Regerts” from 2013, comes from an unfortunately misspelled tattoo; TC’s “NVM,” from last year, is text-speak for “never mind” (or “Nevermind,” to Nirvana fans).
Label mates on Sub Pop spinoff Hardly Art, these two local bands run in the same circles — this isn’t the first time they’ve played together — but took different routes to popularity.
Cloud Nothings, Tacocat, Chastity Belt
8 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at the Neptune Theatre, 1303 N.E. 45th St., Seattle; $15 (877-784-4849 or stgpresents.org).
Whitman College alums Chastity Belt have gone from party band to scene queens in just a few short years, maintaining the buzz “Regerts” established by quickly turning around a follow-up, the new “Time To Go Home.” They’ve struck a chord with fellow twentysomethings with their sad-eyed, surfy sound and blunt, let’s-talk-about-sex lyrical slant. As a band, they operate with a shoot-from-the-hip, just-do-it mentality, playing seemingly everywhere in town.
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Tacocat did that too — but for a lot longer before anyone outside Seattle cared. They do now, thanks to “NVM,” a sort of pop-punk/girl-group hybrid — part Ramones, part Go-Gos — that made irresistible earworms of pertinent subjects — “Hey Girl” turning the tables on catcallers; “F.U. #8” comparing a chronically late crosstown bus to a deadbeat lover. The foursome ended 2014 with the biggest hometown gig of their eight-year career, opening for Haim at The Paramount.
For Chastity Belt, Thursday’s gig is a tour kickoff; for Tacocat, a victory lap. For headliners Cloud Nothings it’s a second chance after showing up at Neumos last July in rough shape. Frontman Dylan Baldi’s voice was pretty much shot at that show, obviously having overdone it touring their third LP “Here and Nowhere Else.”
Still, the 23-year-old Baldi and his bandmates make a convincing case as their generation’s answer to noise-pop’s great trios — Hüsker Dü, Green Day, The Thermals — writing snotty, searching songs as strong as the morning’s first cup of coffee. A packed room in what’s likely Seattle’s youngest neighborhood should work more in their favor this time around.
All three bands play with a youthful energy that’s exactly the kind of thing you want to hear when you’re 19 — fitting, then, that proceeds from the show Thursday go to TeenTix, a nonprofit encouraging area high-schoolers to support live music by offering $5 admission to shows at partnering venues.
No matter your age, it’s a can’t-miss triple bill. And a good cause.