Next up in the spotlight of Navarre’s Lounge is Tarah Who?!
… Tarah Who? Well, “she” equals “they,” and “they’re” a power duo masterminded by grunge-punk sage Tarah Carpenter, a firebrand front-woman who channels explosive emotionality into rousing anthems. Tarah exudes a spiritual centeredness that is poetically aligned to the origins of her name. The name “Tara” in Buddhist lore refers to the “mother of liberation,” an apt archetypal reference for such a strong and shamanistic female artist. Entries in the Tarah Who? oeuvre sit nicely alongside Alanis Morissette, Foo fighters, The Distillers, Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Spinerette.
“I’m really sensitive to things that happen around me, and I love studying psychology and human behavior. When I write, I seek to process personal stories and news stories through these perspectives, but in a way that’s relatable to everyone.”
Tarah was born in France and began smashing away at the drums at just 14, ignoring those around her who suggested she try her hand at a more “ladylike” musical pursuit. Willful, and somewhat stubborn, she honed her chops, forged her own creative path, and branched out to bass, guitar, singing, songwriting, and producing (she produces the band’s music). After a fateful move to Los Angeles, Tarah made her solo debut as Tarah Who? at a warehouse party. It was a gig she found on Craigslist, and it proved to be the perfect opportunity to share the songs she had been writing privately. Up next, the duo will be promoting the new single, Pantomath and coming back from their tour, they will be working on a new EP.
The music Tarah Who? produces is the type of music I listen to when I am in a mood for it, but when I am, this would be at the top of that playlist. The intensity is carried throughout the song and the clarity is consistent. What I really appreciate from their tracks is their message. There is so much background about both members, before and after their band formation, and even more after their debut performance. I have nothing but good things to say about Tarah Who?!
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