The music industry is no stranger to trends. Whether it be Medieval, Renaissance, Punk or Grunge, trends create eras and those eras have a significant impact on society. An impact that goes way beyond what we play through our headphones.
Part of the natural process though is having those bands and artists who break off from what is popular and trendy. Those who travel off the beaten path not only create something fresh and new, but also help clear the trail for those who may follow them, creating new trends.
A band that was brought to my attention lately may just be the ones blazing that new trail. Ladies and gentlemen, I would like to introduce to you, The New Tarot.
Lead Vocals: Monika Walker
Keyboards: Karen Walker
Guitar: Beth Cullen
Trombone: David Banker
Bass: Dave Kahn
Drums: Chas Langston
Brandon: How did you guys decide on the name “The New Tarot”?
Monika: We were scouring our brains for names, and it kind of just floated to us. I liked it cause it seemed to embody a lot of the spirit we were after; a mix between ancient and future philosophies.
B: I was lucky enough to get a chance to listen to your upcoming EP, God of Science. The title track features Karen on vocals and has a lot going on lyrically. Tell us a little bit about the song.
M: Karen wrote that song and she showed it to us kind of by accident. We all fell in love with it. I think it’s a nice way to poke fun at people’s insistence we live in a society freer from religious dogma than in the past; when in reality we’ve just replaced it with things like sports, fun science quips, money and status.
B: The EP doesn’t have a release date just yet, but you did just release a brand new single titled “Solid Sun” which has a bit of a grunge sound to it. Which bands and artists have the most influence on your writing?
M: Honestly, a little bit of everything. I’ve been a big reader since I was little, and my appetite for music has always been just as voracious. I listen to anything that seems to exist on it’s own plane, like the artist has their own little world. That kind of immersive music intrigues me most, and I naturally gravitate to musicians like The Doors, David Bowie, Nirvana, The Flaming Lips, Amy Winehouse, Peter Gabriel, Animal Collective, Sufjan Stevens, and Ella Fitzgerald, who taught me how to sing. No one’s heard of Tally Hall but they’re a big influence as well.
B: You guys are something different in music right now which is always refreshing. What has the reaction been like from listeners?
M: I think we’re at a really weird but, secretly great, impasse in musical/cultural history, where what’s mainstream and on the radio is what people listen to, but it isn’t the music they love. I think more and more people have their own bands that they like. The fans and the musicians become more intimate that way, and I think that’s really what music is about.
It’s kind of like the new era of the troubadour. I think underneath the shiny, mass-marketed, over-exposed exterior, live, niche music is back in a big way, and so are philosophical values. People want to feel like they are not just listening to music, but they’re gaining a greater understanding of the universe, and especially themselves, through music.
And we have a return to why music was invented in the first place; for connecting and facilitating societal and individual growth; both for the creator and for the people listening. Everyone is after that personal, almost spiritual relationship with an artist, and we’re happy to initiate them into the cult of TNT.
B: You mention in your bio that you’d like to have tea with whoever is reading your bio. As a tea aficionado, what kind of tea are we drinking? Are we going loose leaf or traditional bags?
M: Let’s totally have tea! I brew my own. It’s summer so my nighttime drink right now is a Lavender Latte. It is blend of oat straw, St. John’s wort, dandelion root, elder flower, and a whole lot of lavender. Strain and add cream/sugar to taste. Damn, I’m making that right now.
B: Alright, well, let’s make it happen then. I brew my own as well, but add some alfalfa and nettles to that mixture. Any chance The New Tarot will be touring over on the West Coast soon? Obviously Seattle?
M: We’re in studio this summer, but who knows where the rest of the year will take us; stay tuned though. I got my blinders on until this album is finished.
The release date for the new EP, God of Science by The New Tarot, is to be determined. Keep checking their website for more details!
Editor in Chief of Lemonade Magazine
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