Tanukichan @ The Sunset Tavern
Dreamy and distorted 🦝
Published April 13, 2023
Sunday, April 23rd • 8 pm SOLD OUT
Things have been moving up for Hannah van Loon, the quiet force behind Oakland-based Tanukichan. In 2018 she released her first album, the dreamy and distortion-heavy Sundays, co-written and produced by Toro y Moi’s Chaz Bear. Now five years later, van Loon is back with the equally dreamy (and equally distortion-heavy) sophomore album GIZMO, also created in collaboration with Bear.
Tanukichan’s sound spreads with a syrup-like heaviness, layered with thick, fuzz-soaked guitar, falling in line with shoegaze greats like My Bloody Valentine and Slowdive. This comes through on GIZMO with songs like “Like You,” which arrives right out of the gate with fast yet hazy distortion as van Loon’s light vocals float in. It’s also felt on tracks like “Thin Air,” which features our PNW favorites, Enumclaw. Along with those classical tenets of shoegaze, there are noticeable elements of ’90s nu-metal, which makes sense as van Loon has mentioned having an affinity for bands like Incubus.
Fresh off playing Boise’s Treefort Festival, Tanukichan is continuing its ascent. The band will embark on a nationwide tour, stopping in Seattle to play a sold-out show at The Sunset Tavern and a live in-studio session the next day at KEXP.