Put three talented female musicians as their morphing from girls to women throughout their most vulnerable ages together in a band and watch them evolve in front of your eyes.
Sidney Sartini, Ruby Carr and Natalie Panzarella are the products of this evolution.
“We’ve been doing this for almost five years now,” said Sartini. “I’m 20 still and the girls are 21. So, we’re still growing up, maturing, and this is who we are. We are dark sometimes. We do get sad. We get pissed off. We curse. “
“Dancing in the Sun,” the first EP Bahari released, reverberates a time in their lives when they were signed to Interscope Records. The girls at that time portrayed a wholesome pop group based off the beaches in LA.
“Before, our music didn’t express that. We were kind of hiding because we felt like being a brand new band, we couldn’t be our edgy selves that we are right away. I’m thankful we did that because we’re blossoming and growing and really loving what we’re writing and putting out. It’s so us that it couldn’t be a better time.”
Now, Bahari is a completely independent group not associated with a label. Sartini explained the change was one of the best things that could have happened to the band creatively.
“I think being on a bigger label and touring, we had extra pressures to keep up an image. Now, we’re figuring out our image. We still don’t know what we’re doing. We’re just riding the wave and putting out music. It’s the most genuine thing we’ve done so far. We’re getting to be ourselves and not be so afraid and pressured. For me, being under the label, I was just so afraid of pissing someone off or saying the wrong thing or dressing the wrong way. I cared so much about what I looked like and was so nervous in interviews. It wasn’t the label's fault. It was just me being so young and not knowing anything about the music industry.”
“You have to lose it to really figure it out. It makes us work so much harder. I’m so stoked we had them, and I’m so stoked we lost them. It was a good thing for us.”
Bahari have been dropping alluring, confident, tragically honest singles since the beginning of 2018. Their latest, “Chasers,” delves into a universal conflict young adults are experiencing.
“I feel like all millenials and young people can relate to it because there’s so much going on around us, whether it’s like on our phones, going to parties or what’s next?” asked Sartini. “We’re always chasing the next best thing but then you sit back and realize life is flying past you, and you’re kind of not happy. There’s no real consistency and you’re just waiting for the next thing, and you can’t settle down and enjoy yourself.”
The single opens with a poignant, melancholy sound mixed with the three girls harmonizing over their internal battles.
“You have to make it to every party, every event with your friends everywhere and then you get home and you’re thinking shit, what about my life and myself? What am I doing? Where did my life go?”
Maybe the track is addressing very wistful themes, but it’s very forthright and not holding anything back.
“It makes me feel powerful."
Sartini referenced lyrics from their single, “Savage,” which explores being revered after with some toxic dynamics, yet, being in control.
"We’re singing these lyrics, ‘I’m the sun, you know you need me but you might get burned if you take to much.’ It’s like woah, Id’ never say this, but I’m feeling this. You feel super empowered.”
Bahari has been launching single after single showcasing their identity that’s still very much in the works. Delaying the release of their album to see what other art spurts out of them since they’ve been on such a roll, they’re aiming to release it in the fall.
“We’ve been working on it and have a bunch of songs ready. We’re still writing songs. I think we could put the album out right now, but I think we’ve been on such a roll making new songs that we should just keep making more to see what’s the best because it’s going to be our first album... From being 16 to 21, that’s a lot of time. That’s a lot of growing up. I think it was the perfect time for everything to happen. Now, we’re just doing it.”
Sartini added hopefully touring will follow the release.
"Anyone who would have us, we would be so down. They could be a heavy metal band, and if they want us to sign up, we’re in. We just want to play shows.”