Formed formally in 2014, best friends turned roommates turned sonic architects Bricker and Padden ventured to create a sound that fused the intricacies of their contrasting musical backgrounds; Bricker with her disciplined theatre education and Padden and his untamed, collaborative rock and roll fire. While the then duo explored the marriage of Bricker’s haunting vocal prowess and piercing lyrics with Padden’s intuitive and calculated guitar treatment, it was their inanimate third member, the drum machine, that filled a percussive void yet also strained Tart’s potential.
It wasn’t until drummer Donny Blum (The Von Bondies) began playing with Tart for their live performances in 2016 that both Bricker and Padden discovered a raw beginning within the preexisting framework, Blum being the missing ingredient. It is Blum’s primal endurance and
virtuosic stylings that helped birth a new, energized Tart; same name, new vision.