Tarah G. Carpenter
Tarah Who? Well, “she” equals “they,” and “they’re” a band masterminded by grunge-punk sage Tarah Carpenter, a firebrand frontwoman who channels explosive emotionality into rousing anthems.
Tarah Who? recalls 1990s alt-rock and grunge’s tradition of balancing integrity with tuneful songcraft. Entries in the Tarah Who? oeuvre sit nicely alongside Alanis Morissette, Foo fighters, The Distillers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Spinerette.
Tarah Who? is a power trio in every sense of the phrase, bonded together by telepathic musical interplay and profound interpersonal connections. In addition to Tarah, the three-piece band also features bassist/backing vocalist Matt Peltcher, and drummer/backing vocalist Coralie Hervé. Previously, Tarah Who? has released two full-lengths, two EPs, and one single of raw punky rock n’ roll. The band’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 approval to the group, co-producing and playing guitar alongside Tarah on the recently released EP, Half Middle Child Syndrome. Jason will also be onboard for the band’s upcoming EP.
The fiery EP brims with tunefully tormented songcraft. A live favorite on the EP,“ Ache,” is built around an ultra-catchy bashed-out punk riff that recalls Nirvana’s irresistible rage. Beneath the maelstrom of the music is a vulnerable admission of pain over manipulated miscommunication accusations. "Garden of Chloé(s)” showcases Tarah’s gift for melding soulfully melodic vocals with bold and raw lyrics. Here, she grapples with the suicides of two friends named Chloé. Other EP highlights include the vitriolic punk of “Pay to Play,” and the sweetly seething mid-tempo alt-rocker “Little Pieces.”
Tarah G. Carpenter: Vocals, Guitar
Matt Peltcher: Bass
Coralie Hervé: Drums
Dave Bonson: Guitar