INTERVIEW: TARAH WHO?


Tarah Who? talk about their latest EP, isolation and Alanis Morissette.


The LA-based female power duo is hard to define: are they alt-rock, grunge or punk? However you choose to describe their music, you can be sure that it overflows with rebellious energy and contains lyrical depth underneath their boisterous front.


Their latest album 64 Women is (out now) a passionate and personal record that showcases their fiery reputation.


We have a lockdown chat with Tarah G. Carpenter and Coralie Hervé AKA Tarah Who?

Please introduce yourself for those not familiar with your music. CH : My name is Coralie and I'm the drummer of Tarah Who?

TGC: Hi Everyone! I am Tarah, singer, guitar player. I started Tarah Who? in 2006 when I moved to LA. It started off as a solo project, then I worked with a few producers and musicians. Over the years, and after numerous changes, updates and whatnot, it seems like we have found the right recipe! Tarah Who? is a female duo. Describe your music in a few words.

CH : Tarah Who?’s sound is a mix between different genres like rock/punk/grunge but at the same time we have our own sound.

TGC: Yes, we don't try to fit into one specific genre. We prefer to go with the emotions and to stay true to the story of the song. This is the reason why we range from "simple" Rock to Punk, garage, grunge etc, it stays in the veins of Rock'n Roll, and we are loud. Our attitude on stage is full of energy and this is also the reason why people can't put us in Alternative Rock. How are you coping/dealing with the current Coronavirus isolation? CH : It’s a really weird time but we are trying to make the best of it, we cannot really practice together so we are practising on our own.

TGC: Coco and I rehearse a LOT, and we are used to seeing each other plenty as well. In that sense, it has affected us, but we text and call each other. Right before the lockdown, we tracked some songs, so luckily, we are able to rehearse individually. I am also working on new songs so I will be sending over demos soon. I have been catching up on a lot of things actually since the lockdown, and preparing the release of our new music video. The BIG bummer was the cancellation of our tour but it was totally out of our hands and every show was rescheduled for when buying toilet paper goes back to being a normal thing... You had to change your tour plans because of this situation, when can we next expect to see you on the road? CH : Hopefully when all of it is done.

TGC: Yes, as soon as we have the green light to reschedule everything for sure. We were also booking our East Coast tour and we had a few dates in Europe, but right now we just stay put so everything goes back to "normal" if it ever does, as soon as possible.

Has it changed how you view the world? TGC: I mean, in some ways, I think it is kind of amazing to see that in a time of crisis everyone runs for toilet paper and here in the US, in certain States, for a gun and Ammo. I have been choosing to focus on funny videos, of what people come up with and how creative one can be when they have time for themselves. I have had some days where I have thought that the chaos was actually kind of funny, but in the long run, this will have a pretty serious impact that will take some time to recover from. I like how musicians came up with live sessions on social media. Actually I have had promoters from our tour getting in touch with us to play our show on Social media instead and I thought that this was a very cool step. I think that this situation might actually bring us together more, in some ways. Hopefully, we will appreciate each other more in the future.

Are you working on any new music at the moment? TGC: Yes! So I am actually building a home recording studio and slowly getting somewhere. I am trying sounds out here and there. I have a few tracks from other projects I am working in that I have to send back but of course the new Tarah Who? EP will follow. When I work on an EP, I try to let it breathe as much as possible until I am totally devoted to spending all of my attention on it. Then I am going to demo it and send the tracks to Coralie, and we will be working together on it before recording it with Jason. (Jason Orme is our producer, we have been working with him for the last 3 recordings and we love working with him. He understands our sound so it is really easy to work with him.) Until then, we are releasing a few videos, including our music video for 'Pantomath'. If this whole Covid is still happening in a few months, I have a couple of other ideas in mind that I can't release just yet. Tarah, Jagged Little Pill was an important album for you – and a whole generation – what are the tracks that you can relate to best? TGC: Hehe! You have done your homework! Gosh, my favourite song on this album is 'Wake Up' . Now the tracks that I can relate to the most are "You Learn" and " Perfect" . I actually remember listening to AM when I was 15 and I wasn't really paying attention to the lyrics. I just loved the production and arrangements. (Go Glen Ballard!) Since English is not my native language, I can easily zone out and focus my attention on something else if I want to. This is what happens for me in music in general. I never pay attention to the lyrics. I hear the rhythm of the vocals and I like the voice or the way the vocals are placed, but I am not really paying attention the words until later. So this is what happened with AM, I liked all the songs, and I remember one day, I was actually listening to her words and I was like " Wow!! Deep!! of course!" or I remember wanting to write something about forgiveness, and as I was thinking about it, it reminded me of 'Forgiven' and I was like " Duh!!!&#