Interview: The Kings of Mars

1. How did the band come together?

 

I met our lead guitar player, Matt Gordon, in a guitar class at Columbia College Chicago. I showed him some of the songs I was writing at the time and he made some really great parts to them. From there, he introduced to me to our bass player, JJ Frale, and then we kept adding members until we could barely fit on a stage anymore.

2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

Two of the big highlights of our career so far have been our first EP release show in the Fall of 2016. We had a packed house at the Subterranean in Chicago and got a bunch of great feedback from the new songs. Another highlight was our midwest/east-coast tour in the Summer of 2017. We had such a great time traveling around and making new fans!

3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

We put a lot of effort into practicing for our live shows. If you ever happen to grace us with your presence at one, you can expect a tight rhythm section, in tune three-part vocal harmonies, a boisterous horn section and some high energy from us all!

4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

I’ve seen Father John Misty four different times now and he’s by far one of my favorite performers. I also got to see Radiohead a couple years ago and I still think about that concert to this day. I would’ve loved to have seen Soundgarden before Chris Cornell passed away. He was always one of my favorite vocalists.

5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

Because we have so many members in the band, we have a wide range of influences. Some of us are really into jazz/fusion like Art Blakey and Snarky Puppy. Personally, I love Stevie Wonder for his horn arrangements and vocal chops and Father John Misty for his songwriting and brilliant lyricism. Since we have so many different influences, our genre can be hard to describe because we like to blend multiple styles together at once.

6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If

you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

The only hero of mine that I had the pleasure of meeting was Josh Tillman of Father John Misty. I was working backstage at a theater he was playing at and got to meet him as he came through the door. He was a really nice guy and took the time to talk with me even though I could tell he was preoccupied. I would’ve loved to have met Mac Miller before he died. He was one of my favorite rappers and seemed like such a fun person to be around. I wish I could’ve had a chance to pick his brain about the way he wrote his music.

7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

As far as long-term goals, we want to go on another tour next year in the south and west coast. We’d also like to come up with enough funds to record a full-length album in the next couple years. We’re starting to expand our fanbase and would like to branch out of Chicago to gain some new supporters.

8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

One of our biggest accomplishments was opening up for one of our favorite bands, The Dip. We played at Evanston Space, which is one of the classiest venues in Illinois. The room was packed with new fans that were there to support The Dip. The crowd loved us and we got a bunch of new fans that night.

9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

We’re releasing our newest album, Bleach and Aspirin, on 10/26! Make sure to check us out on Spotify/Apple Music to be the first to hear the new songs! We’re playing our album release show at Reggie’s Rock Club on 10/28. After that, we’ll be heading to some other midwest cities to support the album. We’ll be in Muskegon, MI at Unruly Brewing on 12/15!

Keep up to date with The King of Mars by following their website and Facebook.

 

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Interview: Molly Grue

#1: How did the project come to be?

It’s a side project that I began in order to release soft rock material under. My last EP was a release dedicated to the punky ska material I’d written, so I’ve basically been dividing up all of my songs, new and old, and separating them into projects according to genre/style.

#2: What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

I don’t really have an official band; all of the musicians I have credited on the EPs are session musicians. I’m just working on a string of studio projects right now.

#3: When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

The last time I performed, with my Krista D project, I was having such a
hard time finding live musicians to back me that I just brought mannequins to the venue. I made band shirts for them, hung instruments on them and then I performed karaoke style. It was a weird and wonderful time. I introduced all the mannequins as “Miranda” and where I didn’t give them any pants I just advertised the show as ‘Krista D and the Pantsless Mirandas’. So I guess, all that to say, people should expect some form of nonsense at my live performances.

#4: Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

I liked seeing The Real Mckenzies, The Creepshow and The Mahones.

#5: What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?

I’m all over the board…so I’m not even sure who my biggest influences
would be. I mostly just say that mood and experience are the biggest
influences on my songwriting. Happy sounding material is released under Krista D (punky/ska) I’ll be releasing sadder, more introspective,
material under Molly Grue (soft rock) and then, the harder rock tracks-
most of which will be fairly angry, are going to be released under Hooha and the Peter Guns.

#6: Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet most?

I have no favorites, or heroes, really. I realize that’s a pretty boring answer… I should really start looking for someone to idolize. And now I have ‘I need a hero’ by Bonnie Tyler stuck in my head…

#7: What are some long-term goals you have for the project?

The only true goal I have is to record all of my unreleased written
material; essentially for closure and for the personal achievement. I wanted to finish what I’d started years ago before I had to leave music due to a series of unfortunate events. I’m mainly a visual artist now, and at this point of my life I’m just using words and music as another medium in order to vent my emotions and experiences.

#8: What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

The response on the single Land Mine, from the Krista D release. It had
over 719,000 streams, in a month, on Pandora Internet radio.

#9: What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

For the Molly Grue project: I plan to wrap up the EP, as well as finish
the stop motion video I’d started for the single ‘Anyway’.

I’ll post the video, on my ‘Loose Lamb Records’ Youtube channel, once I
finally complete it.

As of now, ‘Molly Grue’ is still very much a small, unknown, DIY project
that is starting from zero.

Interview: Eric Gynan of Leaving Eden

  1. How did the band come together?

Hey man, it’s a pleasure to talk to you I’m Eric Gynan co-founder of the band Leaving Eden from the Boston Mass area USA. Myself and the lead vocalist Eve co-founded Leaving Eden. We had a bunch of music that we had been recording, and it was really after the first hundred people came up to me told me how great she was, not me but her. It was consistent, and I knew that I needed to do something. The name Leaving Eden came about by looking at this planet being the Garden of Eden so to speak and with all of its deceit and Hate wouldn’t it be nice to go somewhere else. Thus Leaving Eden.

2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?

I think touring is probably the most memorable moments because you really get to see the world. You get to meet people everywhere, people who you could never have possibly met with long-lasting relationships.  Leaving Eden has toured the USA Canada and over the pond in Europe, sharing  the stage with hundreds of the biggest national bands in the world including; Lacuna Coil, In This Moment, Black Sabbath (Heaven & Hell), Ronnie James Dio,  Rob Zombie, 5 Finger DeathPunch, Disturbed, Marilyn Manson, Alice Cooper, Lynyrd Skynyrd, ZZTop, Puddle of Mudd, Korn, Killswitch Engage, Buckcherry (Jefferson Starship, Big Brother and The Holding Company, Country Joe, 10 Years After, 40th Anniversary Woodstock) Shinedown, Dropkick Murphy’s,  Alice in Chains, Papa Roach, Bret Michaels, Halestorm,Theory of a Deadman, Avenged Sevenfold, Seether, Hell Yeah, Trapt, Dope, Soil, Fuel,  Queensryche, Saving Abel, Hinder, Damage Plan, Sevendust, Sebastian Bach, SoulFly, Days of the New, NonPoint, DrowningPool, The Misfits, The Butcher Babies, Collective Soul, MushroomHead, Mudvayne, Chevelle, Godsmack, Powerman 5000, 10Years, Taproot, Gin Blossoms, Michael Schenker (UFO, MSG & The Scorpions) Herman Rarebell (The Scorpions), Nicko McBrain (Iron Maiden), Kittie, One eyed doll, Uncle Kracker, Tremonti (Creed/Alterbridge), Lamb of god, Slayer, Stone Sour, Motorhead, Blackstone Cherry, HOOKERS & BLOW Featuring GUNS N’ ROSES, QUIET RIOT, W.A.S.P. Members, Steven Tyler, Ted Nugent, Lita Ford, LA Guns, Trixter, Warrant, Apocalyptic Review (featuring members of Godsmack) Adelitas Way, Scott Stapp (The voice of Creed), Gemini Syndrome, Pop Evil, Ratt, Anthrax, Testament, Napalm Death & many more..

3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?

I think that they should expect lots of energy and a very up close Vibe between the band and the crowd. Eve is incredible at fronting the band and including the crowd completely. I always say that it’s really not about us it’s about that particular night, and everybody’s there for one thing to have a good time, and we like to do it together. Leaving Eden is best seen and heard live. Not only do we plug in and really lay it down but we also do some acoustic stuff somewhere in the middle of a set.

4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?

I must say we played with Alice Cooper and I was blown away by his stage show where he hung himself on stage. Very theatrical. Playing with Dimebag before he passed away and his brother Vinnie Paul or playing with Ronnie James Dio and Black Sabbath’s Heaven and Hell before he passed away was very cool, and it’s something that can never happen again, so we feel humbled that we had these opportunities.

5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music? Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?

We’ve met a lot of people. I remember when we played the Woodstock anniversary concert with all the bands that are still here that played in the 60s. So we got to hang out with Jefferson Starship in their families and dine with the Kings. Cuz, after all, that’s where it all started kind of like full circle. We played with Bret Michaels a lot, and he’s so cool and really enjoy hanging out with him.

6. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

We like to release a new album every year so to continue recording, and we like to tour anywhere we can so we will continue that.  Our motto has always bee that we will play anywhere, anyhow, anyway we can so long as we can. We’re looking at an East Coast USA tour all the way down to Florida in a couple weeks that should be pretty fun. We like playing these bike festivals all over the country you know very cool people down to earth nobody seems to judge anybody it’s just a really nice environment the party.

7. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?

I think getting some songs in movies going to Hollywood yeah man very cool. I enjoy the movies, and we have music in some movies and TV series.  Here’s some links;

Leaving Eden Exclusive Lyric Video

“Out of the Ashes”

(Over 100,000 Views)

Featured in “LOCKDOWN” Movie Director: Massimiliano Cerchi

Leaving Eden Live

“Maniac”

Video from “Out of the Ashes” Album

& From Live DVD “LEAVING EDEN LIVE XTREME ROCKUMENTARY”

(Over 100,000 Views)

Dark Star Records in assoc. w/ Sony Music

LEAVING EDEN

“SKIES OF GREY”

LIVE IN CONCERT AT WALLYS HAMPTON BEACH NH

From Leaving Eden Live DVD & Out of the Ashes Album

Featured in “Maday” Movie Director: Massimiliano Cerchi

(Over 100,000 Views)

Dark Star Records Artist Leaving Eden Song “NO SOUL” is Featured in the Movie/TV Series “Jezebeth” Written/Directed by Damien Dante

Leaving Eden New Album

“Out of the Ashes on Spotify”

 

8. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?

We have a new CD.  We released a single from Thin Lizzy called Jailbreak, (Recorded/mixed By Johnny K. (Disturbed, Pop Evil, Staind, 3 Doors Down,) Mastered by Brad Blackwood (Sevendust, Dave Mathews, Adelitas way, Korn) and Produced by myself reinterpreted by Leaving Eden. Jailbreak is going to be on our new album to be released October 19th, 2018 again called Descending through Dark Star records/Sony music worldwide.  “JAILBREAK”

OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO PERFORMED BY LEAVING EDEN, A SONG BY THIN LIZZY

I’m excited about this album because it was recorded and Leaving Eden Studios. We were able to take all the time we needed and really craft This Album to exactly what we wanted it to be. I did a premix on it and sent it off to Bob St John for the Final Mix and Mastering. Bob is a Grammy award-winning engineer and has done bands like Duran Duran, Extreme, Collective Soul, Steven Tyler. Such a great guy to work with too.  MAJOR ANNOUNCEMENT: Leaving Eden New Album Descending; Release date 10/19/18

https://darkstarrecords.net/extras/new-releases/

 

https://sglmoviestore.com/documentaries/leaving-eden-live-xtreme-rockumentary/

 

You can find the ban here;  WWW.LEAVINGEDEN.COM

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Interview: Weesp

1. How did the band come together?
At the start of 21th century(2000-2002) Lex(Vocal) came up with idea to create a band.
His school friend Mike(Guitar) really liked this idea, even despite the fact that both of them couldn’t play any instrument or sing.
Then a little bit later guys decided to look for a bass player through local newspaper. And Mi (Bass) was found there.
In the beginning, Weesp (in fact there were no Weesp yet) had bad luck with drummers, changed a lot them, but after another casting Gul (Drummer) became a perfect addition to the team in 2010.
Also, Guys decided to improve their sound by adding some synth and that is why a twin brother of Mi – Stak(Synth) have joined the band in 2010. Gul and Stak have changed few bands before they became Weesp.
2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?
Definitely those days when we recorded our albums at Hertz’s studio.
For the first and second album – we lived right in the studio for several weeks and spent all our time there. Constantly there happened various interesting events, and we were friendly and never have been closer. Also I can of course highlight participation in big music festivals, especially the first few times – it was absolutely an amazing experience!
3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?
We sound loud! Weesp is known for their live shows. Always electric, always powerful, always sincere.
People often say that it is really different. We have really awesome shows, and it different every time.
4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?
Machine head, Nine Inch Nails, Rammstein – ultimately awesome stages, shows and everything else, but firstly music of course
5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?
We put a lot of feelings, energy and emotions in our music, important and influential events in life: losses of a loved ones, inner depressions of self-realization,
a reasoning about love and people around it, stimulation of taking more and more from our lives. All these thoughts are crucial in formation of our whole style of music.
But as for Most Inspiring Musicians for Weesp band – I’m thinking about Nine Inch Nails, Rage Against The Machine, Tool, Joy Division, Prodigy, Baroness, Radiohead,
Neurosis, Paradise Lost and many more. Of course, we discover new bands all the time.
There are so many music we love. It’s inexhaustible source of inspiration.
6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?
Of course, we all met our idols, visiting their shows.
There were musicians from Rammstein, P.O.D, Korn, Agnostic Front, Machine Head and a lot of other great bands. I can’t list all of them, because we trying to visit a lot of shows.
Speaking about playing with someone famous – we played shows with NoizeMc, Jane Air, Stigmata – they all are famous Russian bands. Then we played a bunch of festivals with huge stars, but, of course, I will not list all the line.

 

7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?

To have a world tour can be considered a goal for us at the moment.
Also one of our main goals is to get to some of top festivals to perform there.
Well, it’s all about being heard, and to be closer to our listeners. This is the most important goal.
8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?
We’ve released our second LP ‘Black Sails’ on 5th April 2018. And 4 music videos in support! We receive thousands of positive reviews about LP and new videos.
We played hundreds shows across the world. And we’re not going to stop doing that!
9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
We are already at the final stage of preparing acoustic versions of some of our tracks.
Of course we will make a studio live session and write everything down to show to our listeners. Then we start writing some new singles to film new videos for you, guys! And on top of it – a lot of live shows!
You can check out the band’s music below, their latest album Black Sails linked:

 

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Interview: Crypitus

1. How did the band come together?
Zach: I was desperately searching the internet for musicians to jam with and Pete was the first to respond, with Doug in tow. I didn’t really want to play heavy metal. There was
just no-one else to jam with.
Joe: I joined after a friend introduced me when they were looking for a bassist.
Pete: Doug and I used to jam to some of his songs. We needed a drummer and Zach showed up on my Facebook. The rest is history.
Doug: I used to live with Pete, and I would go downstairs and jam on a few songs I had wrote. Pete picked them up relatively fast, so we said fuck it lets find a drummer and here we are.
2. What are some of your most memorable moments with the band?
Zach: We got to play with Psychostick once cause Doug dressed up as a bacon taco. We also had an unforgettable first tour.
Joe: We toured from Canada down to Virginia. Was really fun.
Pete: I broke my leg at one of our hometown shows. Don’t mosh with just Doug in the pit.
Doug: Our first time playing in Maine was probably the most memorable night for me.
3. When going to one of your concerts, what should people expect?
Zach: Shenanigans. Clowns. Hunyaks. Really cool thrash metal.
Joe: High energy, moshing and super cool music.
Pete: Moshing, headbanging, lots of energy
Doug: Thrashing, moshing and a great time!
4. Out of every band you have seen live, who are some of your favorites?
Zach: Epicenter, Graviton, She Walks Without Legs… There’s a lot of them.
Joe: An Unction in Braille, Black Absence, and Ice Giant.
Pete: Exmortus was incredible live.
Doug: Holy Grail, Marty Friedman, Epicenter, The Beast of Nod…
5. What are some of your biggest influences that have shaped your music?
Zach: For me, it was Between the Buried and Me mostly. A lot of Frank Zappa too and the Liquid Tension Experiment.
Joe: Old Metallica and Primus.
Pete: Frank Zappa continues to influence me.
Doug: The two bands that influenced me the most are Death, and Megadeth.
6. Have you met any of your favorite musicians and what were those experiences like? If you have not met anyone, then who do you want to meet the most?
Zach: I’d love to meet Blake Richardson. I actually had a dream last night that we hosted BTBAM and I was the guy responsible for setting up drums…. In my living room
Joe: Not sure, Les Claypool maybe.
Pete: Well Zappa’s dead so I guess Paul Wagoner from Between the Buried and Me.
Doug: I got the chance to meet Vinnie Paul when I was young, it was a short interaction but I’ll never forget.
7. What are some long-term goals you have for the band?
Zach: Nothing special, just maybe world domination.
Joe: World Domination.
Pete: I wanna play some more states I’ve never been to.
Doug: More Canada shows!
8. What is the biggest accomplishment you have had so far?
Zach: Making it home alive after tour… We’ll be really proud of our first full-length album when it’s done too.
Joe: Touring out of country.
Pete: Our first tour was a pretty awesome milestone
Doug: They already said it!
9. What plans do you have for the rest of the year?
Zach: Random shows and getting our album recorded.
Joe: Some shows and we record our first album soon.
Pete: Recording the next couple months for our first full-length album.
Doug: And you can follow all of this at Crypitus.com!
Check out the band’s music:
Header image via Voodoo Media

 

Interview: Tarah Who? Part 2

For starters, what bands were you guys a part of prior to (insert band/artist name here)? How long has the band been around?
Coralie Herve (CH): I played with friends of mine back in France for 8 years. Our name was Black Diamonds and we were just playing for fun. When I arrived here, 2 years ago, I started in Charly&Faust. I joined Tarah Who? a year ago. Recently I accompanied a singer, Mel, for a few months.
Joey Southern (JS): Various past bands included many genres. I joined Tarah Who? in March 2018, several months ago to date.
TGC: I was playing the bass for about two years in a band called So Was The Sun, back in France. I still play the drums for Jane Gray Black Orphan which is a post Rock project that Ash Orphan and I  started in 2011? or somewhere around that year? I also play the drums for Angie Joseph’s solo project called October Rain.
I started Tarah Who? in 2006. I started gigging with my songs as a solo acoustic act in Los Angeles. I worked with a couple producers and made my first demo album.
Then I looked for musicians to make a band, but that did not really work out until I had full control and confidence in the project.
What’s the origin of that name and have you changed the band’s name before?
Tarah G. Carptener (TGC): Yes I have had to change the band name once. My first name is also the first name of a French rap artist who was getting really popular at the time. When I booked shows, people thought that I was her so sometimes we got rejected because they did not understand why I was reaching out to punk rock dive bars.. but also we were getting booked because other promoters thought that I was her and were soon disappointed to hear that none of the songs were French rap…She does not use her image to promote so no one really knows how she looks like and she happens to be French-Vietnamese as well.. so everyone believed I was her.
I changed my name and then the band name. I sent an email to my bandmates at the time explaining why I chose my artist name Tarah. The subject of the email was “TARAH WHO????”. In that email, I had also listed a bunch of ideas of band names that were HORRIBLE, all of my band names responded: “I actually like Tarah Who?”! We had a bunch of gigs lined up and the promoters needed to add us on the bill so .. we went for Tarah Who? and it has not been changed since!
Who writes your songs? What are the main themes or topics for most of your songs and do you think these topics will change over time?
TGC: I write the songs (music and lyrics). I started writing when I was back in France, playing bass and drums in other bands. I love to write. I never shared anything because I was embarrassed. I am a very open person, but sometimes, I need to write it down. I think because I want more than one person to know that I was hurt, or how I have been hurt. Maybe someone can relate. Sometimes, I just write about the news I have heard that I can’t stop thinking about, and I need to let it out. Telling one person once is not enough.
The topics are very personal, they are my thoughts, life, experiences and emotions. I like to let people feel those emotions, and anyone should be able to relate or put themselves in those shoes.
“In my mind” is one of the oldest songs that we still play today. It is definitely on the “poppier” side but I think that it could still be accurate for some people today. I use to tell people that “In my mind” was about materialism because I did not assume saying ” In my mind” is about realizing that you have everything and you are still not happy because you don’t dare to be yourself. For me, it was about hiding that I was gay, but this could be for anyone, hiding who they truly are.
The songs that I write today, are a little deeper, because I have met other people, I have grown and I have experienced different things. Our world has changed too… Our upcoming single is called “Numb Killer” . It is about the (first) London attacks at Ariana Grande’s concert. Shocked about the event, I wonder if the terrorist felt any guilt or doubt before acting.
JS: Yes I do think the topics will change over time as we grow and the world keeps on around us.
What bands are currently inspiring the music that you’re making?
CH: The three of us have different musical inspirations. For me it’s more oriented symphonic metal, my favorite band is Nightwish, and it’s the combination of these different styles that we have, which makes the Tarah Who?’s sound.
JS: Recently I’ve been rediscovering music I listened to in my youth and hearing it with a different perspective. Finding that punk rock in particular has a lot to do with attitude has inspired me to be true to myself and just be myself. We are not trying to be the next anything that was. Just us, Tarah Who?
TGC: I listened to a lot of Alanis Morissette growing up and I think that it was influenced my writing. Then I listened to Pantera, Distillers, Motorhead etc.. anything that was fast-paced, loud and raw. I am sure that I have some influences especially since a few people now have said: ” You sound like if Motorhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette!” TOU-CHé!! We have also been compared to Nirvana, which is really interesting because I have actually never listened to Nirvana and I only know the songs from the radio… But like Joey said, we are not trying to sound like anyone. I write songs that feel like the emotion I feel at the time. I have a clear picture of how they should sound like” I like to play fast, I like to intensity and the energy. Mainly, I want the feelings to be raw and authentic. I don’t write to be mainstream or to be commercial.
Was there a particular band/artist or concert that inspired you to start a band?
JS: I was early teens and went to see 311 with my older brother and cousin. I remember watching from the crowd and thinking to myself, “I would much rather be onstage looking out than where I was standing.” It was that simple for me. At that time I could hardly even play bass haha. Just my luck a guitarist approached me at school and said: “You like 311, wanna jam?” (I was wearing the blue album t-shirt). With my little brother on drums we formed our first band.
TGC: I don’t really have one. I wanted to play the drums and bass. I have always loved those instruments. I can’t explain! I have a real passion for the drums, I think drums are beautiful and I love playing the drums. Bass too, It is less a passion, for me playing bass, it is very relaxing ( even if I play punk rock or any heavy metal music) I just love the bass sounds, the growling, and when I play bass it is just a lot of fun for me. In that sense I feel that it is more relaxing. So when I started playing.. I just wanted to play non stop. It was not a particular band who inspired me. It was the bands I was playing in and the people I was playing with who made me want to do this more and more. Going to shows, made me want to be up there and do it myself 😉
What do you do to prepare for a show? Any flexing, exercises, eat …
CH: I’m warming up with some exercise on the pad, drink a lot of water and do some physical exercise to be loose on stage and not tense.
JS: Stretching is by far the most important. Getting blood moving and remaining loose is essential to a great performance.
TGC: I need a couple Jameson and cokes, and quiet time to concentrate. I don’t like to talk to anyone but Coralie and Joey. They are the only people I can be around. I stretch and warm up, neck, legs, arms, back, hands, fingers etc..and a quick makeup.
What has been the biggest highlight of the band’s career so far?
CH: I toured for the first time with Tarah Who? and it was really amazing, I also had the chance to record the drums with the master Thomas Lang, it was so amazing! He is just incredible and so nice, really really great experience.
JS: For me personally was this past summer 2018 tour on the west and east coast of the states. Being new to the band this was a special time to get to know each other and bond.
TGC: The biggest highlight of the band’s career… for me personally it is working with Thomas Lang and Jason Orme. Thomas.. well.. because THOMAS LANG! and Jason Orme, because we have known each other for a little over 10 years because of Alanis and now we record together! I recorded with vintage guitars that he uses on stage with Alanis, and I got to know Jason better. He is such an amazing human being and talented musician and now producer!!
Another HUGE highlight for Tarah Who? is having Coralie and Joey join the band. I have worked with SO MANY musicians worldwide and I feel so lucky to have met these two. They are SO supportive, kind, talented, on the ball! We are like a family together, we can count on each other on and off stage. Despite her young age, Coralie is super mature, VERY professional, I don’t have to deal with egos from either one of them. We are all at the service of the music and it is really rare to find! TRUST me!
It took me 12 years!
If you could tour with any bands, past or present, who would they be and why? 
JS: It would be great to tour with Motorhead because everything is louder than everything else.
TGC: Ditto! Lemmy! I would have LOVED to play a show with Motorhead and Pantera…
Is there anything else you would like to add?
CH: Thank you for the interview, hope to see some of you guys on the road !!!
JS: Don’t be shy come see us live and let go, be yourself, love yourself and someone else!

TGC: Thanks so much for having us again! Please follow our silly adventures on Instagram, and bands in town for all of our latest shows. We will be in your area soon probably, drop us a message or comment, we love your love!

Interview: Tarah Who?

1. How did your band get started?

Joey Southern: Tarah G. Carpenter contacted me via Facebook messenger…

“Hi Joe, I am contacting you because I am looking for a bass player for my band Tarah Who? If you like what you hear hit me back. Have a good day! ” Tarah…

Random message seemed strange and it went unanswered for six days. The idea rolled around in my head enough and I decided to give it a listen. Two weeks later we left for a west coast tour!

Tarah G. Carpenter: Ha!! Yes..! I started the musical project Tarah Who? in 2006 when I moved to Los Angeles. I worked with a lot of musicians and producers until now. Over a year ago now, Coralie joined the band, and 6 months ago Joey joined us. Gosh! writing it down on paper seems like it has not been long enough, but after all that we have been through together, it feels like we have known each other for such a long time!
2. What inspired you to go into this genre?

JS: Always wanting to play music that makes people move. Either moshing around or just bobbing your head. The energy is contagious in a room.

TGC: I don’t really think about a particular genre of music when I write. I have a lot of emotions, and I try to transcribe them as they come out. I don’t like cheezy, happy poppy songs. If you hear us play happy pop, it is most likely a song, I wrote ironically. For instance “Little pieces” from our previous EP “Half Middle Child Syndrome” is very pop, nice, and cute. It is on purpose, to make fun of a situation I was going through at the time. A series of unfortunate events that happened one after another. Generally, I like to play fast, otherwise, I get bored, and I don’t like to hear my vocals soft and cute. I don’t consider myself a singer. I tell you my story, or I share my feelings and thoughts. It is just my way of expression. We don’t try to sound like anyone. Everything that is played is because of what the song is about.

3. Who are your inspirations that have shaped the sound of the band and how so?

CH: I joined the band a year ago. So the sound of Tarah Who? was already there, but I think that every musician has his/her own style that adds something to the music. I’ll say that Tarah Who?’s sound will always be evolving, regarding of the musicians playing in it and their inspirations.

JS: Fans on the road after gigs said, “Sounds like Motorhead with Alanis Morissette vocals!”

TGC: I grew up listening to Alanis Morissette, then I discovered Motorhead, Pantera, The Distillers, Foo Fighters, Hole, RATM etc… But like I said before, I don’t write to sound like anyone I listen to. You probably can hear similarities. Like Joey mentioned, a few people have told us after shows that we sound like “If Motorhead was fronted by Alanis Morissette!” well, yeah… NAILED IT! I don’t really hear it, but I can see why… My lyrics are very personal, and raw. The music is fast paced, in the low range … others have asked me if I like “The Distillers” which I totally do! I am totally stuck in the 90s. I like to play every note that we hear. I like it loud, raw, and full of life and energy.

4. What is the creative process your band takes when making an album?

Coralie Hervé: Tarah is writing the music and the lyrics of each song. She’s making the demos of every instrument herself. After that, she sends us the demos and some instructions about how the song should sound like and the structure of it. It’s at that moment that we add our own style, Joey and I while respecting what Tarah has in mind. It’s just amazing to let us bring our own style to her music !!

JS: Tarah gives us the intention and story behind the song. Coralie Herve and I then add our personalities into the playing and hours later we have more Tarah Who?

TGC: Yes, after working with a lot of musicians and producers in the past, I want to make sure that the essence of the song is not lost by anyone’s ego. An emotion can be easily lost when everyone starts to bring something in and then you don’t even recognize your song. I am very lucky to be surrounded by 2 professional, smart, and dedicated musicians who are open-minded, and able to listen and work at the service of the music, and the project. Coralie is an amazing drummer. I started by playing the drums as well, so it is really nice to communicate with her. I don’t have the same skills so when I have an idea that I can’t play, she can easily do it, and most of the time she adds a little Coco style to it and it sounds even better. Joey works the same way. It is hard to work with men sometimes. As a female musicians and female leader, men don’t like to be told, or they just assume that as men, they now or play better. I don’t feel this way with Joey at all. He listens, he has amazing bass skills. He has a great attitude and overall is just an amazing human being. I love working with Coralie and Joey. I love working on new songs because they don’t judge. We are in rehearsal to work on sounds and make things work, and together we can really grow. We know where we stand and we move forward together as a team. We support each other to make things work and we are comfortable enough to suggest ideas. I love these guys. Working with them, I am confident, I can rely on them and I can focus on my own sound, and write more songs:)

5. Lyrically speaking, what inspires the themes that are written about in your music?

JS: Although I feel this is better answered by Tarah G. Carpenter, I do relate to the lyrics in my everyday life of struggle and past trauma.
TGC: I mostly write when I am hurt. So it is usually personal, but I write in a way that anyone can relate to the story. I like to live on a “put yourself in their shoes before criticizing their choices or lifestyles” basis. I write my stories, and everyone can relate or feel touched, maybe people can be kinder to each other.
I also write when events touch me. For instance, “Sirens” (“Half Middle Child Syndrome” EP) is about the Paris attacks, “14 Months” (“Federal Circle of Shame” EP) is about a story that I have heard on the news about a mother who had drowned her 14 months old baby… So yeah.. could be anything or anyone, but It is usually a feeling of anger or sadness.

6. Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band stand out compared to other bands?

JS: Staying true to ourselves while entertaining and creating a raw mix of rippling energy in any room.

TGC: I agree with what Joey says. We are not trying to be someone else. The only thing that we can do is to be who we are. So that is what we do. We believe in our music and we have fun doing it. I personally do not have time to compare myself with others. If anything, we love meeting other bands because we are all doing the same thing. If anyone feels threatened then they are not playing music for the right reason. If you believe in your art and what you have to say, it is your own. No one can steal that from you. If anyone tries, It is not authentic anyway and it is not going to last. You are correct, there is a lot of competition.. but to me, it’s not competition, it is insecurity. and that … truthfully, it is not my problem.
One of our last shows in Brooklyn, at tender trap, was a great example of what the music scene should be everywhere: SUPPORTIVE BANDS: bands that share their gear, bring people for everyone (not just their set), bands who spend time in rehearsal studios so that their shows sound tight. Band who spend time writing songs and not copying other bands! Every band that played at tender trap that night had their own sound, was effin’ tight! and super cool! We had a blast! This is how the music scenes should be EVERYWHERE!

7. What is your dream tour? Name however many bands you want to create the perfect tour.

CH: My dream tour will be a World Tour! I just want to travel to discover the world, the different cultures of each country, so interesting! And so much fun to do it with Tarah and Joey!
For me, I would love to play with Nightwish, my favorite band of course! haha

JS: Tool, The Missing Men, Tarah Who?

TGC: Dream tour… mmm. I would love to play Big rock festivals around the world. What I am working on right now is to play halftime of Roller derby shows. I would love to tour and meet all the roller derby teams! I think it would be fun!
Bands: The Distillers. I wish we would have played with Motorhead…, I think that it would be fun to play with the Foo Fighters and Dead Sara.

8. If you went into a completely different style of music, what would it be?

CH: I would actually love to play musicals. I always love it and that would be amazing to play in one.

JS: I would play Bluegrass.

TGC: Oh boy! I would most likely stop playing the guitar and only play Bass and drums in different bands. For drums, I would probably end up in a progressive rock, punk, noise band and for bass.. well … actually probably the same lol!!

9. If you can collaborate with anyone, who would it be and why?

CH: Tarah sent us, not a long too long ago an interview of Linda Perry and Kerry Brown, the founders of We are Hear. It was mind-blowing! I learned a lot! Very true and accurate about the music business today. It would be amazing to work with them for Tarah Who?

JS: I would love to collaborate with Mike Watt. A living legend and I see him play around town as much as possible.

TGC: I am pretty lucky because I have collaborated with 2 people I really wanted to collaborate with! Jason Orme, (guitar player for Alanis Morissette) who co-produced our last ep “Half Middle Child Syndrome” and who is co-producing our upcoming ep “64 women” and Thomas Lang, who we have had the chance to record the drums with, at his studio. I really like working with Jason. He is a great musician, but also working with him in the studio is very easy. Jason makes us feel comfortable and we really like how the songs turn out. I would also love to meet Kerry Brown and Linda Perry one day, and see what they think of Tarah Who?

10. Where would you like to travel to that you have never been?

CH: I would like to go to Asia. I have never been but I really want to discover it one day.

JS: Yes Coralie Herve!!!! Southeast Asia, in particular, would be my preference. We will be in Europe next year otherwise that would have been my first choice.

TGC: Australia, New Zealand, Africa, South America.

11. What is a goal that you would like to see happen in your career?

CH: Just want to continue playing music !!! To inspire people with Tarah Who?’s music to do what they believe in, whatever it takes.

JS: Small everyday goal is to make people react. Dance, mosh, smile, laugh or even just think. Big goal is to be able to support my family who has given me the support I needed along the way.

TGC: Inspire people to be more loving and understanding towards each other. I would love to have people come to our shows with one purpose only: to have fun and Rock out.

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