LA-based female duo Tarah Who? consists of Tarah G. Carpenter (vocals, guitar) and Coralie Herve (drums). Carpenter has overcome adversity from early beginnings. Despite the criticism to attempt more “ladylike” musical pursuits, she stood her ground and created her own path. Initially, Carpenter started the project as a solo endeavor in Los Angeles. She found a gig listed on Craigslist and seized the opportunity to share songs from her private inventory. The event was deemed successful, which led to the decision to form a band. Now, the group is pursuing their dreams and breaking down the obstacles that threaten to restrain them.
Previous releases include a self-titled debut album (2006), sophomore effort “Little Out There” (2013), single track “In A Rush” (2014), “Half Middle Child Syndrome” EP (2017), and “64 Women” EP (2019). The band returns with a new upbeat single “Pantomath” from their forthcoming EP that is currently in the works. The definition of a pantomath is a person who wants to know and knows everything. This track came to life and earned this fitting title through a conversation Carpenter had with another individual. The person spoke in a condescending “know-it-all” manner, criticizing musicians for their creative decisions and career paths. Carpenter shares her perspective on this subject: “Thankfully, we do not all want the same kind of success. There is no one formula to success, otherwise, it would be known and there would be no point in having a story and standing out.”
The “Pantomath” music video features a warm, vibrant tone that perfectly encapsulates the old school vibes of the punk rock song. Carpenter exhibits a fierce and liberating presence as she ventures a desert setting, with the sun hanging high up in the sky. Eventually, she reaches her destination and walks across a platform. Tarah picks up her guitar and takes her stance to perform alongside Cotalie, who is already on the scene, positioned at her drum kit, and ready to rock. Throughout the band’s performance, the footage cuts to show Tarah grabbing a baseball bat and waging a warpath as she breaks bottles, flinging shattered glass everywhere. The video concludes with Tarah crossing paths with her biker friends, hopping onto a bike, and riding off into the desertscape. “Pantomath” is a fun, anthemic track that presents an energetic flair, relentless spirit, and sing-a-long chorus. The Tarah Who? duo vividly showcases female empowerment with their aggressive drum beats, raw vocal delivery, and gritty, rebellious attitude.
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Review by: Bri Rodriguez