Tarah Who? are:
Tarah G. Carpenter (TGC): Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Peltcher (MP): Bass, Backing Vocals
Coralie Hervé (CH): Drums
1. Introduce us to your band!
TGC: Hi Everyone! We are Tarah Who? a Cowpunk, Rock, Alternative band from Los Angeles. Now, if you think that we have a lot of labels, that is because we don’t fit in one category! Give us a listen and you will understand what we mean 🙂
CH: My name is Coralie Herve and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who?
MP: Hey! I’m Matt, Bassist for Tarah Who?
2. How did you guys start out?
TGC: I started writing for Tarah Who? in 2006. I started as a solo artist, met a few producers and a bunch of musicians who wanted to help out/be in the project. Last year (2016) I met Matt, who joined as a bass player, Coralie joined last June (2017) and Dave literally just joined the band. (maybe a month ago now?). Even though this line-up is fairly new, we all get along so well that it feels that we have been together for a decade. Actually, it’s only by answering to interviews that I realize that it has not been that long for some of us!
We all come from a different professional musical background, and this is probably why it all feels very natural. We have been burned a lot by other circumstances so now that we have “found each other”, it feels very whole.
3. Describe your band’s sound
TGC: Like I mentioned in the presentation, we have a few labels, Cowpunk (which is a combo of country and punk rock) Rock, Alternative. We are definitely Loud, RAW, full of energy, and grungey too… It probably sounds like we can’t make up our mind with our sound but again, give us a listen and you’ll see that it all makes sense 🙂
MP: Yes… definitely loud and energetic alternative rock whichever way you look at it. A very 90s punk/grunge sound.
4. What influences your craft?
TGC: I grew up listening to a lot of Alanis Morissette. I never wanted to sound like her but I think that starting as a solo artist in 2006, I probably have been influenced, at least unconsciously… I think in my writing or how I expose my emotions, but I am a 90’s girl. FULL ON! I love The Distillers, Pantera, The Smashing Pumpkins, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, the early years of Foo Fighters, Hole, etc… I think you can definitely hear this in our sound.
CH: I’m huge fan of Nightwish so… I’ll say they are my biggest influence. I really love hard rock and metal.
MP: I’ve been a fan of Depeche Mode, Nirvana, Smashing Pumpkins, Joy Division, L7. I have a lot of 80s, 90s influences in music…too many to list. I’m not trying to sound like anything/anyone in particular, I just love good music. If I’m not playing music, I’m listening to it.
5. What makes your band different? Why should people listen to you?
TGC: Why not? 🙂 try everything once right? Give us a listen! Especially if you are into 90s music, or loud, energetic live shows.
We are pretty fun to see live, Coralie is an amazing drummer who is very enjoyable to watch play. Matt, Dave and I try to entertain you with silly jokes and moving around. Our shows are meant to be enjoyed by everyone, even you are not into rock’n’roll. If you come out and you have had a long day, come and see us play 😉
MP: Yes! You need to come see us live! We get quite a bit of feedback that our live shows are a lot of fun. When performing, I do notice many people dancing, bobbing heads or just watching but really engaged. We just want everyone to have fun and rock out with us.
6. When introducing people to your music, what song should I show them first? What is your quintessential track?
TGC: Alright… well, from the last EP, Half Middle Child Syndrome I would say Ache. It is very representative of our sound and energy. Also, it represents the “no rule” in songwriting that I believe in. It represents how I truly feel, and I don’t care if it doesn’t follow any standard. So, when you listen to us, you definitely need to be open minded. It’s more about the story of the song, than writing “perfect” hit rock songs.
From the EP before that, Federal Circle of Shame: Coughdrop is the single. Same thing, it is very representative of our raw, energetic, infused angry punk rock. This song live is a real pleasure!
From the album, Little Out There … gosh there are so many … Worst to Come and Rainy Day off top of my head… and if you are a little crazier… go for Down.
CH: I really love the song Too Much Thinking, I don’t know why, but I like it.
MP: I think Ache is a good start, or Coughdrop. They are songs that have a driving beat and I see people reach to those songs. Most of our songs stand on their own, not sounding like any of the other tracks.
7. What has been the biggest struggle in your career so far?
TGC: Finding bandmates that understand and fit the project and sound.
8. What has been the biggest highlight in your career so far?
TGC: Finding bandmates that understand and fit the project and sound 🙂 and working with Jason Orme.
Ask me in a few months and will answer: “working again with Jason Orme and Thomas Lang on our new EP”.
MP: Working with Jason Orme was awesome. Definitely the highlight of my 2017 to record with such a cool musician.
9. How bright is the future of your band – what are the plans?
TGC: Very bright 🙂 We have a bunch of things coming in 2018. We are super thrilled! We are on a roll! It’s very fun and exciting! We take each day as they come, we also like to be surprised. So far so good! This is an amazing adventure!
We have a few videos coming up, a West Coast tour, a European tour, East Coast tour, a new ep… etc…! We just CAN’T WAIT!
CH: We are actually working on a new EP. We will promote it on tour in April on the West Coast and this summer in Europe. A music video is coming up too.
MP: Recording new music and then touring/promoting the hell out of it. 2018 is going to be a pretty big deal in the Tarah Who? universe. Follow all the action: tarahwho.com.
10. When all is said and done, how would you like to be remembered?
TGC: Playing music is really fun, I have a blast when I play live shows, but at the end of the day, I also do this, to hopefully inspire people. I believe in love (in people) and respect. Although my lyrics are personal (my life, my experiences), I write in a general point of view so that people can still relate. Hopefully I can inspire men, women and kids to be responsible for their lives and decisions, and work on being good loving people. I know… it’s all really cheesy, but this is what I believe in.! You just can’t be angry all the effin time! It’s too exhausting! Life is a fun ride… if you let it be.
CH: As a band who kick ass!!
MP: Just like Tarah said, I also immensely enjoy playing music live. I also enjoy sharing great experiences with others and playing live is just that. As a musician, I just want to repeat it as much as possible for as long as I can! And yes, be a kick ass band too!!