Rip and Roll; exploring the snarl of Tarah Who?

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Tarah Who? you may ask; and the answer is a band which takes a bite of the senses while igniting the imagination with their punk infused and inventively hungry rock ‘n’ roll. The project of French born and LA based vocalist/guitarist/songwriter Tarah G. Carpenter, Tarah Who? is a band really beginning to entice wide spread awareness with a sound which simply demands attention. We had the pleasure to chat with Tarah (TGC), bassist Matt Peltcher (MP), and drummer Paul Costanza (PC) about the band, its beginnings, inspirations, their latest release and more…

Hello guys and thanks for taking time out to talk with us.

Hi! Thank YOU for your interest in Tarah Who?

Can you first introduce the band and give us some background to how you all came together?

TGC: I started writing songs when I was 15. It was not something I thought of doing seriously, I enjoyed playing the drums or bass in different bands better. As I moved to the States, it became more personal, I started writing more and more and taught myself the guitar.

Over the years, the writings became songs. I recorded a few demo songs, playing the drums, bass and guitar. Met people that were interested in the project and helped record my first album more professionally. Then I looked for musicians to play those songs with, and it became Tarah Who?

I have played with a lot of people, in France and in the US. I met Paul through a friend, and Matt through an ad.

MP: Well I met the band after answering an ad. I loved the music and we hit it off.

Have you been involved in other bands before? If so has that had any impact on what you are doing now, in maybe inspiring a change of style or direction?

TGC: Yes I am always playing drums or bass on different projects. I also like to write other styles than for Tarah Who?

Playing for other people or in different bands is like taking a little break. I don’t like to play in bands that sound similar to Tarah Who?. It stays in the genre of Rock but it’s usually a different type of Rock.

PC: Nope, this is my first band.

MP: I have been in other bands and I guess the continued love of playing music inspires what I do now.

tw2_RingMasterReviewWhat inspired the band name?

TGC: The band name is an accident. It was the subject of an email I had sent to my band mates at the time.

Was there any specific idea behind the forming of the band and also in what you wanted it and your sound to offer?

TGC: I am very picky with my musicians. I didn’t mean to be a three piece band. It just happened. I am looking for a guitar player, but it is not a priority. I think we sound good as we are, and until we find someone who fits to our sound and personalities, we don’t have to rush things.

I like our sound to be simple, raw, and full of energy. Plug in and play.

Play with our emotions, more than a bunch of different sounds and effects. It is important that the musicians i play/work with, understand the emotions/story behind each song.

Do the same core essences still drive the band?

TGC: I have grown as a writer; I have been inspired by different events and people, so I think our music has changed a little. We are “angrier” in sounds.

When I started recording, I was influenced a lot by “producers” or other people I have worked with. I didn’t dare to say or talk about ideas I did not like or directions I didn’t want to take. Today, I do it all on my own, which makes everything easier and more satisfying. 🙂

PC: The sound has gotten a lot more angry.

TGC: True…

Has it been more of an organic movement of sound or more the band deliberately wanting to try new things?

TGC: I don’t think this far. I write the songs and arrange them until I like them. I do it for myself and because it makes sense TO ME! I don’t follow structures or anything like that.

I write a song. If I like it, I keep it, if I don’t I move on to something else. It is as simple as that.

If I try new things, it is an accident because I am not into effects and new technologies.

Presumably across the band there is a wide range of inspirations; are there any in particular which have impacted not only on the band’s music but your personal approach and ideas to creating and playing music?

TGC: Yes. I don’t remember if it was an interview that I have seen or read about The Distillers, but Brody has mentioned once that The Distillers wrote albums in two weeks. (I hope I am not distorting her words) Anyhow, that is what I remember.

We all have different ways of expressing ourselves through art, some people take months to write or paint others just do it.

I don’t think there is ONE way to do things, and I don’t think there is a formula either. When Brody said that about the Distillers, it resonated in me because I have never experienced the whole “writing for ever” thing. If anything it supported my way of writing or making art. I have noticed that a lot of people don’t know when to stop while creating. Most of the time, the simplest songs are the best songs.

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TGC: When I write, I feel inspired. It is really hard to describe but it is almost like I am somewhere else. (I don’t get high!) This feeling usually lasts a few minutes (maybe 10-15 min) when it is gone, I am done. I can’t go back to it. This is where my writing (or painting) is done. I don’t read back or I don’t paint back on it ever again. I don’t push my writing either. I believe in emotions, not perfection.

PC: I don’t write anything. Tarah writes it and I play it.

MP: Tarah writes the songs and we just basically hammer them out in the studio until they sound just right.

Where do you, more often than not, draw inspirations for your lyrics?

TGC: Events, people, my perception of situations, imagination.

I often look at a situation and just reflect on it on a piece of paper and that is the song!

My lyrics are just ideas and or emotions I need to let out.

Can you give us some background to your latest release?

TGC: Let’s see… Our latest EP is called Federal Circle of Shame. It is available on ITunes.

What I love about this EP is that it is as RAW as it can get!

The drummer Jo Ko, is just a beast behind the drums, Nicolas Bazin played the Bass VI which is an instrument I own that I literally just put in his hands and said “Figure it out!”, Ash played the bass and did some backing vocals, my really good friend Angie (Under The Skin) improvised some backing vocals and I played the guitar and sang. The sound engineer (Titi) and I got along really well, which made everything go really smooth. We recorded five songs in one day, live.

It was my best recording experience so far. Everyone was really into it, focused and just very talented!

We improvised a lot and had a great time!

Please give us some insight to the themes and premise behind it and its songs.

TGC: There isn’t one theme. Due to the lack of time and finances, we couldn’t record the full album. I picked 5 songs out of the 13 that I wanted to record. We practiced them for a couple weeks until we were ready to go in the studio and record them. I could only afford one day of studio. so we HAD to make it happen!

Cough Drop is the realization that we take everything (including our health) for granted.

Someone Else Will is about letting go of the feelings you have for someone who doesn’t see you the way you see them.

Kids of Ireland: on my last trip to Ireland, I ran into a lot of young adults that were either really high or begging for money to get high. It made me really sad.

Bitchcraft: talks about obsessing over someone you don’t want to!

14 Months is about the media, and a specific headline about a mother drowning her 14 months old baby.

Are you a band which goes into the studio with songs pretty much in their final state or prefer to develop them as you record?

TGC: I pre-record the album a couple times before I go in the studio, to make sure I know what to play and what I like.

I have never been in the studio for more than a week, so I usually don’t have time or money to develop or try anything new!

I like to come prepared.

In a different project, I wouldn’t mind, developing or exploring. I don’t think Tarah Who? is that kind of project. There is always a little bit of improvisation in a way, with drum fills, or for instance Nicolas that I just let free to play whatever he wanted with the Bass VI or Ash and Angie who didn’t even know that they were going to sing that day! I gave them the lyrics and told them to go out there and sing! So in a way we developed that on the spot, but the songs were structured and already recorded.

tw3_RingMasterReviewTell us about the live side to the band, presumably the favourite aspect of the band?

MP: Playing live is the best high energy fun you can have. Our fans get really excited about our live performances.

TGC: Live shows are always really fun…especially if our fans know the songs and lyrics. I love to see people let go and dance! We like to entertain, so when we see that people are having a good time, we are really happy.

It is not easy for any new band to make an impact regionally let alone nationally and further afield. How have you found it your neck of the woods? Are there the opportunities to make a mark if the drive is there for new bands?

MP: Absolutely nothing is easy but there is nothing I’d rather be doing. Hard work and tenacity is the road to success, don’t sweat the small stuff. There are always opportunities especially in “our neck of the woods”.

TGC: Playing live is easy. Anyone could play live if they wanted to. What isn’t easy is getting the attention for bigger, better and more.

There are a lot of opportunities. You’ll find in time which ones fit your project and desires. We don’t all want the same things for our music careers. The opportunities are there, look where it fits you.

How has the internet and social media impacted on the band to date? Do you see it as something destined to become a negative from a positive as the band grows and hopefully gets increasing success or is it more that bands struggling with it are lacking the knowledge and desire to keep it working to their advantage?

MP: Consistency is the key to making social media work for you. It’s definitely an advantage to reach out to your fans with a click.

TGC: Social media is great to make new contacts, keep updating our fans, meet more and new fans etc… I think it is definitely increasing our success as we can book shows in different cities and expect people to show up, because they follow our Instagram, Twitter or Facebook page.

Once again a big thanks for sharing time with us; anything you would like to add?

Thank you!

Yes, check out our new music video and stay tuned for the upcoming album!

https://youtu.be/tEijrptM2aU

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Pete RingMaster

The RingMaster Review 25/11/2016

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Born to Burn – Welcome To Reality

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Savaging the ills of the world we live in as well as the senses, French antagonists Born to Burn have just released their debut album, an encounter which challenges and impresses in equal measure. Welcome To Reality is eleven raging trespasses born from a fusion of 90’s hardcore and various metal bred influences. It is also a persistence of aggression and animosity bound in a sound which weaves familiar textures into the band’s imaginative invention in an encounter which only and increasingly grabs attention and an eager appetite for its ferocious presence.

Formed in 2013, the Tours hailing quintet release their first demo the following year, which with their intensive live shows soon placed Born To Burn as one of the vital ingredients in the local metal/hardcore scene. Linking up with Dooweet Agency earlier this year for its release, the band have just unleashed Welcome To Reality to further their presence and reputation across their homeland and into wider shores. Such the raw power and creative tenacity of the album alone, it is hard to see the band failing to ignite wider and keener interest in a sound which rampages through ears while despoiling and exciting the senses with extreme bearish irritability.

The album opens up with Welcome and waves of warning sirens, their portentous calls sending clues to the threat to follow. All the time building in intensity and drama, the track eventually breaks into a predacious prowl with its instrumental intrigue and danger leading the listener into the waiting trap of Who Are You. Initially the song carries on with the restrained but imposing nature of its predecessor but eventually uncages its muscular venomous intent while still continuing to stalk the senses and imagination. With open distrust and ire in the imposing presence of the great vocal growl, a character matched by riff and rhythm, the track invades and persuades with an easy to embrace potency; winding sonic enterprise and toxic grooves a delicious topping.

btb-wtr-front_RingMasterReviewHammer quickly takes over and soon reveals a bolder tempestuousness and urgency in its attack as thrash scented riffs collude with rhythmic spite whilst vocal and lyrical causticity bears down on thoughts. As bullish and adversarial as it is, there is a swing to its gait and catchiness to its design which makes the punishment so easy to devour whilst revealing more of the swiftly showing invention in the Born To Burn songwriting and imagination.

Its inescapable qualities are matched by those of the blunt force trauma that is Seven, a track punching and jabbing its way with raw brutality but exposing subsequent wounds to another array of invasive but captivating twists and turns. The guitars spin a web of melodic and sonic adventure throughout, never diminishing the force of the attack but giving it additional striking appeal before Finish Him offers its own predatory sonic conflict with a rhythmic violation of scything beats and bestial bass which almost single handed ensures a greedy appetite. With threat loaded vocals and biting riffs bound in the inventive tartness of the guitars adding to the rancor, the track is irresistible as too successor The Shield which from its opening darkly alluring bassline just increases the enslaving enticement layer by imaginative layer.

Through the acrimoniously infectious storm of Pigs, with its more classic heavy metal spicing, and the rapacious tapestry of Warm Up, the album only tightens its grip on ears and appetite. The second of the two is an unpredictable and eventful fusion of punk and alternative metal wound in fiery grooves and dirt encrusted vocal harmonies. It is constantly evolving and exploring dark shadows and boisterous ideation before Dark Walk and its shamanic quarrel envelops the senses to relentlessly bewitch and bruise. All the time though it’s hardcore heart is blossoming, subsequently taken control and driving the still relentlessly contagious tempest.

Welcome To Reality is concluded by firstly Loud, another creative predator at ease prowling or savaging the listener and lastly Mars which entangles ears in blissfully corrosive grooves from its opening breath and only proceeds to turn that pleasure more lustful with every passing adventurous incursion.

The way the album is set up, with each subsequent song it becomes bolder and more inventive, in turn unique with the potential of greater things to come just as open. Born to Burn has something different about them which is already marking them out as a very promising proposition but once further realised there could be no stopping them becoming a major violation and treat on the senses.

Welcome To Reality is out now across most online stores.

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Pete RingMaster 23/11/2016

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The Bottom Line – Pull Me Out

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Ahead of their new EP, I Still Hate You due for release at the beginning of 2017, British pop punksters The Bottom Line have released a rousing teaser in the shape of their new single. Pull Me Out is a seriously catchy and boisterous affair which tops off a rather eventful and successful year for the London band.

Formed in 2011, The Bottom Line has increasingly made their presence known within the UK pop punk scene with the past year seeing the outfit release two well received singles in Insecure and the-bottom-line-i-still-hate-you-art _RingMasterReviewPlaylist, open for Bowling For Soup in Ireland, play Facedown, be part of sold shows as main support to Room 94, and venture through fourteen countries alongside Simple Plan. Now to end the year on a high, we have Pull Me Out, a track which takes no time in accosting ears with spirit raising enterprise.

From its first breath, melody bound riffs and rampant rhythms enjoyably impose, their instant catchiness just the prelude to the song’s broader body of feisty textures and inescapable infectiousness. With strong vocals egging on and potently sharing the eager heart of the song, it is soon a tenacious union of sinewy basslines, swinging beats, and a host of tempting hooks and biting riffs.

It is probably fair to say that the song weaves its body with familiar spices and textures, their recent French-Canadian tour mates springing to mind with ease, but there is a freshness and distinctive zeal to the encounter which reeks of more distinctive promise and simply sparks an inquisitively hungry appetite for the band’s sound and future propositions, starting with the upcoming I Still Hate You EP.

A foot to the floor rocker of a track, the single is the sign that 2017 may very well exceed this in the band’s rise.

Pull Me Out is available now.

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Pete RingMaster 23/11/2016

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Tess of the Circle – I’m Not Ashamed

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With their outstanding album Amplify, released earlier this year, still drawing attention and acclaim the way of Tess of the Circle, the UK band’s new single just confirms its irresistible qualities and caps a major ground-breaking year for the Oxford hailing outfit.

Formed by and based around the songwriting singer/guitarist Tess Jones, Tess of the Circle is a collective of musical and creative talent which has really caught the wider imagination with second album Amplify, the striking successor to the equally well-received debut Thorns. With lead guitarist Lee Clifton, bassist Ben Drummond, and drummer Paul Stone alongside Jones on the Gavin Monaghan produced full-length and now the new single which comes from the, Tess of the Circle is awakening broader waves of eager appetites for their melody rich rock ‘n’ roll, something I’m Not Ashamed can only add impetus to.

There is a Numan-esque glaze to the initial feel of sound escaping the speakers and Jones’ emotively delivered vocals, a spice remaining to appeal as the track blossoms into a fiery blaze of blues kissed, grunge toned rock ‘n’ roll. Subsequent dips into mellow climes are built on the same eventful melodically suggestive enterprise which shapes the whole of the song, while the bolder feistier body of invention around them provides hazier almost psych rock spun waves of imagination to eagerly surf.

I’m Not Ashamed is one of the numerous treats making up Amplify and alone as their new single, a potent lure for newcomers to explore the increasingly impressive creative world of Tess of the Circle.

I’m Not Ashamed is out November 25th across most online stores.

Upcoming Live Dates:

December 3rd – Planet Rock’s Rockstock Festival

February 3rd 2017 – Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham

Friday May 26th – BEARDED THEORY 2017

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Pete RingMaster 23/11/2016

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