Tarah Who? is an LA based, independent rock, grunge, garage, Cowpunk Rock band. Tarah G. Carpenter (TGC): Vocals, Guitar, Matthew Peltcher (MP): Bass and Coralie Hervé (CH): Drums recently did an interview with us.
How would you describe your music?
MP: Tarah Who?’s music is loud, heavy and exciting, and is best enjoyed live. Raw and intense punk, cow punk, grunge is how our sound has been described. Along with “in your face lyrics”, our music will take you for a good ride. Add screams, yelling and guttural growling, you may feel the need to mosh…and please do so.
TGC: Well.. there isn’t too much to add! I think our music is fun! We love to entertain:)
Tell us about how the history of the band?
MP: I joined in July 2017 but the band has been around much, much longer. The band started in Paris, FR. and as the band relocated to Los Angeles they needed a bass player. I was impressed with their sound from the get go and they were exactly the kind of band I was looking for. It’s been a crazy, awesome ride so far and I can’t wait for the future holds.
TGC: I played the drums and bass in different rock bands. I started writing songs on the side. When I moved to Los Angeles in 2006, I learned how to record my own demos and I played acoustic shows. Over the years, I met musicians and all kind of producers who wanted to help.. little by little I was confident enough to know what I wanted and with whom I wanted to work with. Here we are.
What are you influences/ musical heroes?
MP: I’ve been inspired by Simon Gallup, Peter Hook, Matt Friedman, John Paul Jones, Michael “Flea” Balzary, Remy to name a few. What inspires me is that they aspired to purse their very cool dreams and become bad-ass bass players.
TGC: I was a big Alanis fan in High School. Then I listened to Brody, Pantera, Foo Fighters, Smashing Pumkins etc.. Musical Heroes?..Hmmm… I don’t know.. probably Lemmy.
CH: I’m a really big fan of Nightwish, a symphonic metal band. I listen to a lot of their music.
What inspires you?
TGC: People, Life. People’s behaviour inspire me, whether it is positive or negative. Sad or beautiful. If it is positive, I will be attracted to that person or situation, if it’s negative, I will most likely write an angry song:)
MP: Love, fear and hope. Those profound emotions that everyone can relate to. I know that when I listen to other artist’s music these are the feelings I connect with.
Do you write on the road? or do you prefer to write in the studio?
MP: We do write most everything in the studio. Not to say, if the moment arose, we might be compelled to write on the road. Music comes to you or rather, calls to you. It’s never been my experience to sit down and say “I’m going to write a song”. It doesn’t work that way, at least not for me.
TGC: I write anywhere, I can be passenger of a car and suddenly the inspiration comes, I won’t talk for a few minutes, I’ll be writing or taking notes. It can be at the studio, a lot of times for some reason, it happens to me at the recording studio. While others are recording their parts for instance, then I ‘ll be writing. In France I wrote a lot in the subway. The worst is when you are exhausted and you are finally going to bed. You lie down and suddenly it hits you! You can’t reach your phone, your cat is sleeping on you and you don’t want to bother them…you try to remember.. you finally grab your phone and “boom” it’s gone! … I don’t write on command. I need to feel all of the emotions. I just don’t know when this happens!
What is your favourite song to perform live?
MP: Either “Cough Drop” or “Lower Your Tone” because those songs seem to really get the crowd excited. They’ve both got a great upbeat tempo and good highs and lows. I know I love performing either one.
TGC: Recently I would say “In my Mind” and “Ache” because we have rearranged the songs for our live performances. I am really excited to share those new versions with you guys:)
CH: I really like “Too Much Thinking.”
What would be your dream tour to be a part of?
CH: I would like to do a world wide tour, it would be awesome to visit a lot of different cultures and countries.
TGC: Brody Dalle, Dead Sara, Tarah Who? and we go worldwide.
MP: I think a U.S. or European tour would be amazing, opening for acts like The Deftones or System of a Down. Mind blowing-ly cool.
What are you current thoughts on the music industry?
CH: It’s hard when you are an independent band, you need to do everything by yourself. More difficult when it’s not something commercial and pop, you have to fight for it.
MP: I think the music industry has gone through major changes. Things aren’t the way they were but that is not necessarily a “bad” thing. The days of being “discovered” are for the most part over and bands are totally DIY these days. I really like the freedom to do what you want…it makes making art all the more enjoyable. All I know is people are still listening to music therefore there will always be a demand and we, in the industry must be innovative in how we put our music out there for the public. We got this.
TGC: I think that it can be tough for some artists or some genres. We happen to be very lucky because for what we do, we come up with a lot of fun marketing ideas. Thanks to social media, we can spread the word. People are receptive and listen to our music. Follow us, and little by little, we create a bigger following. The key is to love what you do, believe in your music, and HAVE FUN!
Big labels may have the money (or we think they do), but are you an artist because you have something to say? something to share? or are you just interested in being popular?
What is the funniest/weirdest experience you have had on tour?
TGC: Booking a show in a strip club and not knowing it until we arrived at the club! One of the best shows in the US.
MP: I had to load equipment into and ride up a ski lift to get to a gig in Big Bear (California). It was nighttime, super dark and cold. I was terrified of dropping my equipment or losing my bass in to the dark abyss. We were screaming all the way up (and down after the show).
What are your future plans?
CH: We have some gigs in the area of LA coming up. We are writing a new EP that we will promote on a USA tour next April and most likely in Europe after.
MP: We are currently on a local (Southern California) tour till the end of the year. Also new music is on it’s way! Recording will happen sometime before the end of the year. Videos will be filmed in the coming months. We have some huge tours planned for 2018 and I’m sure we will put out more music next year. Keep up to date with everything Tarah Who? at tarahwho.com! Thank you to everyone who supports TW? music!
TGC: We have a couple music videos coming up soon, few shows in and around LA and Las Vegas. Recording a new ep and next year we will be touring the west coast and Europe:)