Independent rock, grunge, garage, cow punk rock band Tarah Who? from Los Angeles, California, have been hard at work upon their newest release, an EP due out in the spring time of 2018! The whole band got together to discuss their time as a band, new music, and future plans.
Tarah G. Carpenter (TGC) : Vocals, Guitar
Matthew Peltcher (MP): Bass, Backing Vocals
Coralie Hervé (CH): Drums
Dave Bonson (DB): Guitar
1. Please tell us about the history of your band and its members.
TGC: I started writing and singing in 2006, I worked with a lot of people until I met Matt (Bass) (Drums) in July 2016 and Coralie about 6 months ago to form the new Tarah Who?. Dave joined us a month ago as the guitar player.
CH: My name is Coralie Herve and I’m the drummer of Tarah Who?
DB: I’m Dave. I’m from Wiscaaansin.
MP: I’m Matt. I’ve been in a couple punk bands prior to Tarah Who?
2. What’s the origin of the band’s name?
TGC: Tarah Who? is the result of lack of inspiration! We had a bunch of gigs lined up and no band names. I sent an email with a lot of really bad ideas for a band name. The subject for this email was "Tarah Whooo??? " and everyone agreed that THIS worked best! Then people started remembering us by this name so we didn't want to change it.
3. Where is the band based out of and what is your music scene like there? Are there any local bands you could recommend?
TGC: We are based in Los Angeles but Coralie and I are originally from France and Dave from Wisconsin.
DB: Based out of LA. Has one of the best music scenes in the world. The Two Tens, The Darts, Vanessa Silberman, No Girlfriend, Spare Parts for Broken Hearts are all some bands I’ve gotten to see here so far. Still always on the lookout for more.
MP: I’ve been playing in the L.A. scene since I can remember. It’s fast paced and crazy just like our city. I can see how it may feel overwhelming to those moving to L.A. for the first time.
4. How would you describe your style?
TGC: We are a loud, energetic, rock, punk infused alternative band! How about that?
CH: It’s a mix of genres like rock, punk, garage but at the same time is kind of unique.
MP: Very 90's punk, grunge. Loud and intense.
5. What have you released so far and what can someone expect from your works?
TGC: One debut Album called "Tarah Who?" another album called "Little Out There" (with the singles "Rainy Day" Worst To Come" etc...), "In a Rush" (single), "Federal Circle of Shame" EP, "Half Middle Child Syndrome" EP. we are about to release our third EP. We are very raw sounding influenced by the 90's. Our recordings are really fun to listen to, especially if you like fast paced-guitars, and you like to drive fast or run!Our live shows are very entertaining.
6. Do you have any new music in the works?
TGC: Yes, we are currently working on a new EP that we will release on our tour in April 2018.
CH: We are actually working on a new EP right now.
DB: New EP coming out soon.
MP: Currently working on a new release. I think you guys are gonna like what we have cooking…
7. How about playing shows and touring, have anything planned out?
TGC: Tour in April 2018 on the West Coast. We are also going to play a few festivals during summer in Europe in 2018. East Coast in September.
CH: We will promote our upcoming EP with a West Coast tour in April and a European one this summer.
DB: April tour. Europe tour. East coast tour.
MP: Just finished a small Southern Californian tour. We have a bunch of 2018 tours coming up and I’m sure we will do some local shows throughout the year! Stay tuned!
8. What plans do you have for the future as a band?
TGC: More shows, more tours, more recordings, more videos:) more and bigger!
CH: Have fun and tour everywhere in the world, that’s my dream!
MP: Yea, we have a video in the works as well and definitely more music down the road.
9. Where can we listen to your band and where can we buy your stuff?
TGC: Everything is available on the usual social media links: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, SoundCloud, YouTube and tarahwho.com. I am currently working on the website but you can still go on it and get some information. We have an online store for our merch and CD baby, Bandcamp and iTunes for our music.
CH: You can listen to our music on any platforms like Spotify, Soundcloud, YouTube …For the March, you have to come to our show and have fun with us!
10. What is it you’d like a listener to remember the most when hearing your music for the first time?
TGC: I would like the listener to fall in love at first listen! Hear the truth behind the songs, the truth about each song's emotions, and behind the music as well. We are not technical, genius musicians. We play how we feel, and it's full of rage and passion. I hope that our listeners can hear and feel it too.
CH: I hope that people can remember the energy and head bang to our music!!! That would be awesome!!!
MP: As a someone who immensely enjoys music, I just want the listeners to experience pure unadulterated joy when listening to our songs, live or recorded. That’s it. We are having the time of our lives and we invite you to enjoy along with us!