Tarah Who? Well, “she” equals “they,” and “they’re” a power duo masterminded by grunge-punk sage Tarah Carpenter, a firebrand front-woman who channels explosive emotionality into rousing anthems. “I’m really sensitive to things that happen around me, and I love studying psychology and human behavior,” Tarah shares. “When I write, I seek to process personal stories and news stories through these perspectives, but in a way that’s relatable to everyone.” Tarah exudes a spiritual centeredness that is poetically aligned to the origins of her name. The name “Tara” in Buddhist lore refers to the “mother of liberation,” an apt archetypal reference for such a strong and shamanistic female artist. Tarah Who? recalls 1990s alt-rock and grunge’s tradition of balancing integrity with tuneful song-craft.
Tarah Who ? Are:
Tarah G. Carpenter: Vocals, guitar
Coralie Herve: Drums
When did the band start?
CH : I joined Tarah Who? more than two years ago now, Tarah messaged me when she was looking for a drummer for her band. We were in contact on Facebook because I asked her some informations about Los Angeles when I moved for school.
TGC: I started the project in 2006 as a singer songwriter. After working with a lot of musicians and producers, Tarah Who? became a duo project. 🙂
Where are you from?
CH : I am from Brittany France.
TGC: I am originally from Paris, France but I moved to Los Angeles in 2006, when I started the project.
How did you start?
CH : I started drums when I was 10 and never stop. I began in the music school of my town, moved to Paris after graduation to study with Nicolas Bastos (Dagoba), at the Drumming Lab and at Agostini. And moved to LA to study at the Musicians Institute.
TGC: I first started playing music by playing the drums and bass guitar in rock bands. When I was an exchange student in Murray, KY I was not able to play those instruments so I bought my first electric guitar and taught myself. I have been playing all three instruments and writing ever since.
What style of music do you class yourselves as?
CH : The Tarah Who?’s sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk/grunge but at the same time we making our own sound.
TGC: Yeah pretty much. I write according to my emotions and try to stay true to them without trying to fit in one category We are definitely 90s grunge, punk, rock influenced.
Who are the biggest bands influences?
CH : For me Nightwish for sure !!!
TGC: The distillers, Pantera, Tool, Motorhead, etc…
Are you signed to a record label?
TGC: we are currently independent.
Plans for the year.
CH : We have a West Coast Tour coming up this Spring, a new music video for pur single ” Pantomath”, a new EP and some festivals, pretty busy !!
TGC: We have a few local shows, a music video that we are shooting for our latest single, a west coast tour, a couple shows in the UK in May, and then we are going to take some time “off” to write our next ep and get back on the road in September most likely. 🙂
What are the bands plans for this year?
TGC: Music video, Motorcycle Festival in OK, TOUR, NEW EP 🙂
Do you have any tours booked?
TGC: Yes, West Coast with 2 dates in Canada.
TGC: we will have a new EP around FAll 2020 🙂
Where do you hope to see yourself in 12 months’ time (realistic)?
TGC: Hopefully we will be in more festivals, and getting more attention to promote our next EP 🙂
Questions to close with.
What can people expected from your stage show if they are coming to see you live?
CH : Expectsome raw, loud and heavy music.
TGC: WE love to entertain, so get ready to be invited to the stage and bang the drums, or mosh pit!
Give us one word that you would describe your band?
CH : Heavy.
If there was one sentence that would relate to your band as a selling point what would it be?
CH : If you want to see two badass women rocking out, check Tarah Who?
TGC: lol Coralie! I still like how people describe us ” If motorhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette” but Coralie might have just won that one!
Lastly, tell us your ambitions for the next 12 months?
CH : Hopefully make more music, play more shows and do more drum covers.
TGC: Bigger shows and New Music.