Tara Lee Combs
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Tara Lee Combs

Montréal, Quebec, Canada

Montréal, Quebec, Canada
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Tara adore lorsque ça cogne dur et sa pochette sans équivoque est à l'image de son album. L'ancienne Navajo Code Talkers revient avec un son aussi puissant, mais cette fois avec plus de nuances et de variété. Deux pièces acoustiques nous permettent d'apprécier le côté plus émouvant de sa voix, qui est aussi belle que forte. Une fille résolument rock, qui utilise bien ses influences, qu'elles soient alt-country ou rockabilly. Ici, le manque d'originalité est largement compensé par l'intensité et l'authenticité de l'interprétation. Un album qui laisse présager des concerts rentre-dedans. À L'Hémisphère Gauche de sam. 17 nov. (SP) - ICI Montreal

"Bands rollin' in to rock"

An amazing line-up of rock ’n roll bands is coming into Wolfville to shake up the live music community.

Ten bucks at the door gets you three bands:

Tara Lee Combs from Montreal combines various styles - from alternative to hard rock, classic rock to soul, with a hint of pop and country. An angry, beautiful, rocker girl on stage with two stellar musicians in Denis Jr. Richard and Blaze D. Think of what would happen if Patsy Cline got pissed off, joined Queens of the Stone Age and played music that would make Johnny Cash want to play rock n' roll. Just releasing her new CD, "Whether We Shall Repel,” she is currently on a Canada-wide tour.

Jim Rain & The Rebellionlists their three major influences as Steve Earle, Willie Nelson and The Pogues - never be a bad thing. This band knows how to write great songs and they are going to be a pinnacle force in Canada's new wave of traditional rock, set to take over where Blue Rodeo left off. This will be the lead-up show to their big New Year’s Eve Bash at Greenwood’s Top Hat, and then they’re headed to Europe.

In from Halifax, My Dog Ego is a three-piece unit that combine all the essentials elements of rock. What does it sound like when three 90's teens grow into short men and play catchy alternative rock with the skill of bands like TOOL, the raw power of AC/DC and the icing sugar of Sublime? Seeing a lead singer who is also the drummer keep timing while the guitarist and bassist are ripping it up is a spectacle on its own.

The show is a Smokin’ Entertainment production, set to rock out at The Anvil in Wolfville Nov. 30 at 9 p.m.
- NovaNewsnow.com

"Tara Lee de retour"

Revenant d'une tournée dans l'Ouest canadien, la rockeuse Tara Lee Combs remontera sur les planches montréalaises ce soir, à L'Hémisphère Gauche.
Mais ce retour au bercail sera de courte durée, puisqu'elle repartira dès la semaine prochaine pour une série de concerts en Ontario, en plus d'effectuer sa première escapade aux États-Unis.
UNe fois de plus en compagnie des ses deux musiciens, Denis Richard Jr. (batterie) et Simon Trépanier (guitare), elle se produira pour la première fois aux États-Unis le 8 décembre, à Jamestown dans l'État de New York.
Et ce n'est pas sur le point de se calmer pour celle qui vient de lancer l'album Whether We Shall Repel, puisqu'une seconde tournée dans l'Ouest du pays, encore plus longue que la précédente, est en préparation pour avril 2008. - Journal de Montréal

"Tara Lee Combs supports Good Ol' Rock'N'Roll"

Wednesday April 23, 2008 @ 05:00 PM
By: ChartAttack.com Staff

Tara Lee Combs

Whatever happened to good ol' rock 'n' roll?

You know, the bare-bones riffin', straight-forward drum beats and grooves that make you want to grab booze, a partner and maximize your contribution to the holy trinity of sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll?

According to Montreal's Tara Lee Combs, it's still there. You just need to know where to find it. Combs was a staple of the Quebec music scene first with rock/punkers Navajo Code Talkers and now as a solo artist. Backed by guitarist Aaron Deck and drummer Denis Richard Jr., singer/bassist Combs doles out the rawk like there's no tomorrow.

"I create what I feel is alternative music with a punk rock attitude," she says. "I'm influenced as much by Queens Of The Stone Age as I am by Frank Sinatra.

"But I don't alter the state of music. Music is so altered these days that I'm just trying to keep up and not get confused. I'm aware that I'm not reinventing the wheel. I just love playing rock music. I think that in itself provides a freshness that's lacking in the music business today."

Combs has the medical bills to prove it, too. She just recovered from a year-and-a-half of surgery, brace supports and bed rest after dislocating a knee during one particularly Pete Townshend-esque onstage jump. Now she's finally prepared to assault Canada and the U.S. in support of her debut independent effort, Whether We Shall Repel.

The album features Combs' throaty wail, which is reminiscent of Detroit's BellRays, and a thunderous rhythm section that Motorhead would drool over It's a dynamic blast of hot rock that needs no obtuse angle to work. Even the lyrics pull from one of the genre's deepest traditions.

"The album is inspired by politics, mass culture, philosophy... OK, boys," Combs says with a chuckle. "Heartbreaks, human relations in general, I would say.

"I find that the way people interact with each other is really similar to the way countries act in their international relations. It inspires me a lot."

While Combs admits that We Shall Repel is more old-school than ultra-modern or progressive, she figures the sincerity of her craft will give the album a longer shelf life than today's bargain bin superstars.

"My music is also motivated by the fact that the music business has nothing to do with music anymore. Some philosophers believe that art lives only in its single form, that it shouldn't be reproduced. I don't agree. I think that, in the music business, art gains a lot from reproduction, provided you add your own angle to it. If you're not just creating inferior music on the sole basis of selling it — like American Idol."

Here are Combs' tour dates:

April 25 Montreal, QC @ L'Escogriffe w/Elektrik Bones and Trouble Rocket
April 26 Toronto, ON @ Silver Dollar
April 30 Regina, SK @ Gaslight Saloon w/Molten Lava
May 1 Saskatoon, SK @ Buds On Broadway w/Johnny Grit, Autopilot and AmandA
May 2 Calgary, AB @ The Palomino w/Cripple Creek Fairies
May 3 Stettler, AB @ The Beat
May 5 Prince George, BC @ The Art Space (all-ages)
May 7 Vancouver, BC @ Railway Club w/Kon Tikis
May 9 Victoria, BC @ Logan's Pub
May 21 Moncton, NB @ The Manhattan
May 22 Halifax, NS @ Hell's Kitchen w/Broken Ohms
May 23 New Glasgow, NS @ Fibbers w/Broken Ohms
May 24 Kentville, NS @ K.A.P.S Lounge w/Cuban Assassins
June 5 Burlington, ON @ The Legendary Red Rooster w/Flow 14
June 6 Windsor, ON @ Coach And Horses w/Flow 14
June 7 St. Catharines, ON @ L3 w/Trole and Ride My Llama
June 20 Ottawa, ON @ Zaphod Beeblebrox w/Flow 14
July 18 Port Burwell, ON @ Indiepalooza Festival
—Keith Carman

- Chartattack.com

"Rentrée Nouvelle Vague"

Une vraie rockeuse, cette Tara Lee Combs. Après l'expérience avec le groupe Navajo Code Talkers, l'auteur-compositrice-interprète montréalaise nous arrivera mardi avec Whether We Shall Repel, un album aux mélodies et styles diversifiés, toujours liés à son univers rock. - Philippe Renault - Journal de Montréal

"Arts Scene"

Rock'n'Roll Spring Fling

Smokin' Entertainment presents its own spring fling May 24, with Tara Lee Combs, Subspecies and Cuban Assassins.

This is going to be a great night of music. Featuring Tara Lee Combs (of Montreal) on her North America-wide tour, bringing her crazy style of rock mixed with influences including Johnny Cash, Queens of the Stone Age and ZZ Top. Also on the bill is Subspecies, the Valley's metal legends, and Cuban Assassins, Halifax raunch rockers that blend the styles of Motorhead and Black Sabbath with just a touch of punk.

This is probably the only time you will ever see a bill that features three bands with three members each - all different styles, but all rock'n'roll deep down. The show takes place at the KAPS Lounge in Kentville, 8pm to 12:30 am. Advance tickets only 5$. - The Kentville Advertiser

"Montrealer mixes stoner rock with soul"

Tara Lee Combs, Johnny Grit, AmandA and Autopilot perform tonight at Buds on Broadway. Combs, from Montreal, is on an extensive North American tour in support of her album Whether We Shall Repel. Her sound spans alternative, stoner rock, classic rock and soul "with just a hint of pop and country". - Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"Tara Lee Combs"

This former member of Navajo Code Talkers has dropped the sludge a bit this time around and hunkers down to do some solid songwriting. Although things can admittedly get a tad patchy, the Queens of the Stone Age breakdown on "Bullet" shows balls, and the acoustic "White wine and hay" proves that Combs's bluesy drawl doesn't need to hide behind a wall of wattage. 7/10 (Johnson Cummins) - Montreal Mirror

"Days of the New"

Wednesday at the Roxy on Broadway, Tara Lee Combs opens for Days of the New.

Combs outlived her previous band Navajo Code Talkers and survived a stage accident which required knee surgery.

Lee, backed by drummer Denis Jr. Richard and guitarist Blaze D, recently released her first full-length CD Whether We Shall Repel.
- The Saskatoon Star Phoenix

"Tara Lee Combs: Rockeuse dans l'âme"

Dès le moment où elle ouvre la bouche, on sent que Tara Lee Combs dégage une énergie peu commune.Son premier album solo, Whether We Shall, est le parfait exemple de ce que doit être une vraie rockeuse.
Fougueuse mais toujours féminine, Tara Lee n’y va d’aucun compromis, avec du rock pur et simple, tout en effleurant le blues, le soul et le folk et surtout, sans jamais tomber dans l’eau de rose. Voilà le portrait d’une véritable rockeuse.

Cette dernière ne l’a cependant pas eue facile au cours des deux dernières années. Elle était tout d’abord à la tête du groupe stoner punk’n’roll Navajo Code Talkers, qui s’est séparé subitement en 2005.

Presque au même moment, elle a subi un accident de scène qui a nécessité une opération au genou et l’a empêchée de fouler de nouveau les planches avant la présente année.


Malgré tout bien déterminée à poursuivre sa carrière musicale, elle s’est rapidement mise à l’écriture de son nouveau projet, dont le lancement avait lieu le 21 septembre dernier au Petit Campus.

Elle y chante principalement en anglais,mais aborde également la langue de Molière.Des paroles parfois introspectives, parfois politisées et toujours bien senties.

La bassiste et chanteuse est ainsi de retour le feu dans les yeux, cette fois entourée du batteur Denis Jr.Richard et du guitariste Simon Trépanier, qui prend la relève de Marc Desjarlais.

Tout semble être reparti de plus belle pour la Montréalaise. Avec ses deux comparses, elle vient de prendre le chemin de l’Ouest canadien pour une longue série de concerts, sans compter qu’une tournée américaine est prévue pour le printemps prochain.

Entre-temps, il sera possible de la voir à l’oeuvre le 17 novembre, à L’Hémisphère Gauche.

Tara Lee Combs

Année de formation: 2006

Origine: Montréal

Membres: Tara Lee Combs (voix, basse, guitare acoustique), Denis Richard Jr. (batterie, voix) et Simon Trépanier (guitare)

Style: Rock alternatif

Influences: Queens of the Stone Age, Janis Joplin, Danzig

Album: Whether We Shall Repel (2007)

Prochains spectacles: Le 19 octobre au Scanner, à Québec, et le 17 novembre à L’Hémisphère Gauche, à Montréal.

Sites internet:

- Journal de Montréal


Whether We Shall Repel (Indie Pool Distribution)
Heavy Dirty Sounds (Navajo Code Talkers) - 2004



The stoner punk n' roll trio Navajo Code Talkers (2002 - 2005) was about to go to SXSW when a series of bizarre events led to its death in December 2005. After taking a short break to think things through, the leader of the deceased band decided to start working on her solo career. Due to a spectacular stage accident that happened in NYC in the summer of 05, Tara Lee had a knee surgery, which prevented her from going back on stage before spring of 2007.

With the help of drummer Denis Jr. Richard (BAM) and guitarist Marc Desjarlais, Tara Lee recorded her first alt-country-stoner-rock full lenght album, Whether We Shall Repel, which was launched on September 21st, 2007. With a new guitarist on board (Aaron Deck), the band is presently touring Canada and the United States, working on its first video and writing songs for a second album. Are you ready?

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