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.
Entries in the Tarah Who? oeuvre sit nicely alongside Alanis Morissette, Foo Fighters, The Distillers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Spinerette. Tarah Who? is in every sense of the phrase, bonded together by telepathic musical interplay and profound interpersonal connections. In addition to Tarah, drummer/backing vocalist Coralie Hervé.
Previously, Tarah Who? has released two full-lengths, three EPs, and one single of raw punky Rock n’ Roll. The duo’s output has garnered plaudits and earned feature-story coverage from GIG Radar, Kill The Music, La Grosse Radio, Loud Stuff, Moshville, Music Connection, Muzak, and The Ring Master, among other outlets. It’s a remarkable feat for an unsigned band to make such waves in the biz, but Tarah Who?’s incendiary live shows and snarling sing-alongs are hard to ignore. Even Alt-Pop goddess Alanis Morissette’s guitarist Jason Orme has given a big stamp of approval to the group, co-producing and playing guitar alongside Tarah on the recently released EP, Half Middle Child Syndrome and also this one, 64 Women and the single to be released in November, Pantomath. With a stable line up, and a dynamic rhythm section that can effortlessly shift from scorched-earth Rock to tender balladry, the duo is embarking on a halcyon era ushered in by its current EP, 64 Women.
“We dedicate this EP to the 64 women who were at the immigration detention center in downtown LA on November 19, 2014 with Tarah G. Carpenter”
Tarah was born in France and began smashing away at the drums at just 14, ignoring those around her who suggested she try her hand at a more “ladylike” musical pursuit. Willful, and somewhat stubborn, she honed her chops, forged her own creative path, and branched out to bass, guitar, singing, songwriting, and producing (she produces the band’s music). After a fateful move to Los Angeles, Tarah made her solo debut as Tarah Who? at a warehouse party. It was a gig she found on Craigslist, and it proved to be the perfect opportunity to share the songs she had been writing privately.
Up next, the duo will be promoting the new single, Pantomath and coming back from their tour, they will be working on a new EP.
The Ladies of Tarah Who? Are fired up, inspired, and tighter as friends and musicians. In closing, drummer Coralie Herve offers this final thought: “When I first met Tarah, it floored me how bold she is; I felt this exuberance and fire from her. It reminded me of why I play music in the first place.”