Tarah Who? are a 90’s inspired punk rock duo from Los Angeles, California. Since the formation of Tarah Who? in 2014, Tarah Carpenter and Coralie Herve have gone from strength to strength. The video for their track ‘Pantomath‘ has surpassed 43,000 views on YouTube alone, with ‘Swallow That Pill‘ not that far behind. Their sound is described by Herve as ‘raw and heavy‘. Combined with angsty, guitar driven lyrics, Tarah Who?’s songs are certainly something to remember!

Tarah Who? released their second studio album ‘Supposedly, A Man‘ earlier this year. We sat down with Tarah and Coralie to discuss their new EP, Nightwish and their songwriting process.

Where did your band name originate from?

TGC: Short story, in the early years of Tarah Who? we were looking for a band name. I had suggested a few, they were all bad, but the subject of that email was “TARAH WHO??” and everyone responded, “the subject sounds better than any of those suggestions!” so we went for that, just so we could book the few shows we had lined up with the intent to find a better name… still haven’t found a better name…!

How would you describe your sound in 3 words?

CH : Raw and Heavy.
TGC: Authentic, Rock, Sincere.

Which bands inspire you the most when writing music and why?

TGC: Oh well, actually when I write, or when I am in writing mode, I usually stay away from artists that I like or music I like in order to not be influenced by them and accidentally reproduce something similar. That’s when I listen to everything BUT what we could sound like. 

What advice would you give to bands starting out in the industry?

CH : Be prepared to do a lot by yourself!!

TGC: Fiiuuuuu!!! It’s a hell of a ride! lol! Make sure you are passionate enough! haha. Well, basically, get into it because you love it, not because you think you are going to be rich and famous. or hey! maybe you’ll be lucky and become viral overnight! you never know! but stick to your guts and be YOU.

What is your songwriting process?

TGC: It depends really. I can be on the move and suddenly sentences come to my head like a burst of emotion and I just explode on a piece of paper. Sometimes, it’s just playing on the guitar, and I playing around with riffs that sound cool to me and could become a song. Once I have a base, then I add the drums, and bass and I send the demo tracks to Coralie to learn and Jason Orme, our producer to see what he thinks of the songs. Once we are all set, we pick a couple of days to go into the studio and we track it all. It’s usually a very fast process. What takes the longest is actually the release and promoting the songs and albums afterward!

Out of all the tracks you have released, which one is the most personal to you?

TGC: They are all very personal to me because they are about my emotions, or relationships etc. I think ‘Bad Time’ is the song that I feel the most vulnerable to because I am opening up about something I didn’t talk about until now, but every song is very personal.

Which song is your favourite to perform live?

CH : I really like playing our new songs from our last album “Supposedly, A Man”, I don’t really have a favorite yet hahaha.

TGC: I love to play ‘Ache’ because it is a really intense song and because we have this instrumental part that we only play live. We pick a few songs that we perform differently live, so that people can see Coralie’s chops on the drums but also, to give our audience a concert feel rather than playing the songs live exactly the same way that they are on the album. Out of the new album, I like to perform ‘Manners’ 🙂 

How do you feel that social media has impacted your career as musicians?

TGC: I like that we are able to reach out to places we cannot travel to, especially at this time. We are able to connect with fans that we have met through social media and that’s pretty amazing. Outside of that, I feel that social media can be very hurtful too. Not only you are competing with a lot more bands to stand out, but also now your ‘success’ as a band, is reflected by the number of followers you have. So it is still not about how good you are or if your songs are good or not, it is still about numbers. You end up spending more time trying to get followers than actually practicing, writing, recording.. .doing what a musician is supposed to be doing! 

Who would be your dream artist to work with in the future?

CH : I would love to work with Nightwish, a symphonic metal band, I just love them !! Hahaha

TGC: Recording-wise, It would be interesting to work with Linda Perry but as far as collaborations, I have a few things here and there that are in the works 🙂 

Who would you love to support on tour and why?

CH : My dream line up would be with Nightwish, Cyhra, Ghost -“and Beast In Black, it would be amazing!!!

TGC: The Distillers, because I grew up listening to them and I love Brody and other bands would be Bala and Dead Sara. I think that we would be a good fit. 

What’s next for you musically?

CH: We are actually working on our new EP, new music videos and hopefully hitting the road!!

TGC: Yeah we are getting ready to record our new EP. I am excited about it. I can’t wait to start sharing what we have been working on! Yeah, would love to start touring again. 

Tarah Who?’s latest album ‘Supposedly, A Man‘ is now available to stream on all major online streaming platforms. Check out Tarah Who? via their website, as well as their Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Bandcamp pages.

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