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Tarah Who? – ‘Manners’

by Thomas Bedward March 23, 2021

Tarah Who? – ‘Manners’

The intriguingly named Tarah Who? have been the band on everyone’s lips recently, delivering a constant stream of visceral grunge-punk that is impossible to deny. The creative duo of frontwoman Tarah Carpenter and drummer Coralie Hervé, everything about Tarah Who? exudes power, passion, and explosive, emotional clarity. After winning over fans and critics alike with previous albums and EP’s, the band are back with another spikey, punk-infused single that proves the duo are all fired up and ready to take on 2021.

Titled ‘Manners’, the new cut was produced by Jason Orme and Tarah Carpenter herself, lending a sense of control and vision to the single right from the start. Instantly explosive and impossible to deny, it’s a track that blends energetic, old school punk and raw emotion into one sharp, unapologetically bold release that will echo through the echelons of punk rock for years to come.

Opening with a mid-tempo guitar slide that effortlessly segues into Carpenter’s infectious and wonderfully raw vocals, ‘Manners’ is built to perfection, retaining its tempo with Hervé’s thunderous drums, while constantly catching your focus with an absolutely killer hook. Lyrically, the song is filled with controlled emotion, outlining the tale of Carpenter’s mother who was abandoned as a child. Carpenter explained, “My mom was abandoned as a child and raised by nuns who were really strict. I have always thought that my mom had a really big heart. She always puts herself last and tries to understand everyone, which is a real strength. It occurred to me one day that she was taught to be a good citizen, with good manners, but no one really cared for her as a parent would.”

Alongside the single, the band have also revealed the official music video which perfectly complements the tone of the track. Directed by Lena Baez and shot in Downtown Los Angeles, it’s easily one of the most important music videos of the year so far.

Available now on all major music platforms, ‘Manners’ is another provocative piece from one of the most exciting duos in modern punk. Part grunge, part modern rock, and completely fierce, it’s a track that you’ll be coming back to time and time again.

Score: 8/10

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