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.

You can check out more about the band via their website and you can buy their music below to support the band:

 

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Interview: Mik Crone of The Sourheads

    1. How did your band get started?

Our singer Jake started the band with his brother Sid around ten years ago. We were originally more of an Indie style band, and various members came and went. I got to know the band as a producer and worked on some of their early demo’s. I felt that if they rocked it up a bit, they would be on fire. I left the band and asked if I could join on guitar. Not long after that Sid left and the Sourheads of today was born. We signed with Oak Island Records in Autumn 2016 and released our album worldwide a year later.

      1. What inspired you to go into this genre?

Classic rock, Punk, Metal, Desert rock whatever rock is all good in our eyes. The big MTV videos of the 80s were awesome, but then something was equally great about Woodstock footage and old Stones concerts. We set about trying to make a combination of multiple styles. There is no better feeling than rock music when it’s done correct. The beat and the groove. Makes you want to dance.

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

We are a multi-genre inspired band so I will list a few. The Cult, Radiohead, White Zombie, Iggy and the Stooges, The Doors, Inspiral Carpets, Motley Crue, Deftones, Queens of the Stone Age, Oasis, Clutch, Deep Purple, Kansas, Arctic Monkeys, Judas Priest, Black Sabbath.  Each member of the band likes different stuff. I think we do a pretty good job of mixing everything and adding our own take. Each member compliments each other. I personally like the full-on rock mode. We want to inspire people and give people that slice of true Rock n Roll.

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

We are constantly writing throughout our rehearsals. One of us comes up with a riff, the others help with more riffs and song structures then Jake goes and adds his poetry over the top. We all help with melodies. We have all been around a fair few years so we can pretty much dip in and out of different genres that we feel inspired by at the time. Some of our new stuff is a bit like the Stones in style actually.

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

Jake takes inspiration from many different places. Art, Divorce, Demonic Possession, Murder, Rock N Roll, and the age-old Boy Girl stuff.

      1. Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band standout compare to other bands?

We are a multi-genre rock band, so I feel we fit into many different genres. We can play Metal Festivals, Classic Rock Festivals, Pop Festivals. We tend to go down really well with loads of different audiences. Bikers like us, Families like us and Stoners like us. We are kind of like the crazy Uncle of the family. We played a cracking festival the other day called Staxtonbery in Scarborough 6000 people in total. Full families rocking out.

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

A big American tour would be great. Maybe us NIN and Queens of the Stone Age. Actually, any big tour of the USA would be great.

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

I think we would be cybergoth dance. We would be like us, but a futuristic TRON inspired version. Lots of tight space age lycra and neon. Grooving but to synth.

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

Anyone who is true to what they do. Madonna would be cool. Maybe Barry Gibb. Alice Cooper. Anyone that is iconic and has had a long lengthy career. I would love to collaborate with Al Jourgensen. Although I don’t think our singer Jake and Al would be a great idea as that rocker gene would implode in a barrage of decadence and stupidity.

10. With all of the downtime you get as a musician, how do you kill time?

I chill in my hotel with a bottle of Vodka and the largest pizza I can get. It’s my favorite thing.

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

Personally, I travel a lot, been to loads of places. With the band, I would say the USA we need to get there and conquer.

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

We would like to continue playing as many gigs as possible and release our second album. The current predicament in the music industry may try to stop us but as long as we rock we will. Let’s be underground and survive. It’s all good.

See concert dates below for The Sourheads along with a link to their website:

September 30: Stalybridge Tavern, Greater Manchester

October 27: Embers Rock Club, Carlisle

November 10: BlackMass Club, King Street, Wakefield

December 8: The Doll House, Alma St., Abertillery NP13 1QA, Wales

https://www.thesourheads.com/home

Interview: Kriss Briggs of the Band SHOUT

1.     How did your band get started?

“SHOUT is a pretty recently started band. I had some songs and an idea for a new band so I called some friends that I have known since way back, and they were game! The band and consists of me “Kriss Biggs” (Bass, lead vocals), Rob Raw (lead guitar) Danny Diemond (lead guitar) and Ol´ Hurricane (Drums)  Me and Danny had played with The Scams, hitting the road all over Sweden and Europe for more than ten years – having quite the time. Ol’ Hurricane started out as a farmer boy. He learned to play the drums in a basement and later moved to the city where he met me, Danny and Rob. Rob had been Rocking out playing guitar with his band Danger touring Sweden and Europe and had no plans slowing down when joining what was to become SHOUT.”

 

2.     What inspired you to go into this genre?

“Its what we got hooked on listening to as kids, and we have all played in different bands since our teen years within the rock genre, so it has always come natural to us, its what we love to do.”

 

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

 

“We have influences both from heavy metal, rock n roll, and punk rock. And are inspired by bands like AC/DC, Judas Priest, W.A.S.P. KISS, Iron maiden, Motorhead, Turbonegro, Rose Tattoo, Ramones, Misfits, Danzig To mention a few.”

 

 

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

“We usually write at home or in our rehearsal, sometimes after a few beer at the pub to get the right flow! And usually, we do some changes and the finishing touches in the studio. Have never written on the road I think, but its something that I’d like start doing since its probably easier to get inspired when your out playing surrounded by it all!”

 

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

“Well since we mostly write about the rock and roll lifestyle itself I guess its drawn from life and stuff other bands have inspired us with, we write about the usual stuff like fast cars, girls, and rock n roll but also the freedom this lifestyle gives you, and the bond the music gives us and unites all headbangers out there!”

 

6.     Competition in any music scene is high, so how does your band standout compare to other bands?

“Well, we don’t try to sound like any specific band or “sound” too much, we just try to write good songs with a lot of energy and power and hopefully people will recognize that and enjoy our music.”

 

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

“To tour with bands like Iron maiden or Judas priest would, of course, be awesome since they were your childhood heroes growing up, but I have always been a big Turbonegro fan and love their attitude and smart lyrics, so I guess a tour with all of them would be the ultimate one? A bit strange combination perhaps but sure fun! Haha!”

 

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

“That’s a tough one! Haha! I wouldn’t I guess, it wouldn’t feel right!”

 

9.     With all of the downtime you get as a musician, how do you kill time?

“Haha! Downtime!? What downtime!”

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

“Never been to Japan! So that would be cool!”

 

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

“To spread our music as much as possible and to be able to play all over the world and awaken the party animal and get some heads banging!”

You can visit the band’s Facebook page here.

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