05 Feb Rock Band Tarah Who?’s New Video is Reviving My ’90s Angst
by Marisa Torrieri Bloom
LA-based hard rock duo Tarah Who? — singer-guitarist Tarah Carpenter and drummer Coralie (Coco) Hervé — pen aggressive rock anthems that are rallying cries for change. And just last week, they released their most video vet for their single ‘Push Me,’ a collaboration with Brazilian duo Yur Mum.
It’s an awesome onslaught of imagery, set in a faux-Hollywood plastic backdrop. The symbolism is easy to decipher: Amid this cheap, neon-lit backdrop, we can hear and feel the anger toward The Recording Academy for its biased Grammy nominee selections for ‘Best Rock Album.’ Of ten finalists for the 2020 and 2021 awards, only one woman — the insanely talented Grace Potter —was nominated. The others, a list that includes Foo Fighters, AC/DC and Paul McCartney, are not only men but rich, white dudes with major label support.
Indie rock contestants aren’t even considered.
“We want to be heard and raise awareness,” Tarah, who, like Coco, grew up in Paris, told me in a recent interview for MyAmpMusic. “We want to tell the listener, ‘hey! Go out and listen to other artists. Just because major artists are getting all the attention doesn’t mean you aren’t supposed to listen to independent artists at local shows.”
But while we can’t change everything, we can appreciate the not-so-subtle diss within this track, as well as songs like PANTOMATH.
I’m most grateful to Tarah Who? for reawakening me to the fury and grunge-angst of ’90s artists like Alanis Morissette (one of Tarah’s idols) and Courtney Love.
Check out the video and my interview and let me know what you think.
Marisa Torrieri Bloom is the editor of Rockmommy.