tara emelye: guitar, vocals, keyboards

todd karasik: drums, percussion

The Reverse is more of an idea than a reality. It's the wound that healed over heartbreak, still with a slight tear, never quite concealed. It's the beginning of regret and the speed to escape it. It's the dark shadow that a lost adolescence casts over adulthood. It's a hundred sounds in my head distilled through guitar, drums and voice. Its the depository for songs that I write that have no band to play them, no world to rule, no lips to mouth them in the crowd, but ache for all of these things. It's the urban part of myself, the grid within, the striving for and against artifice.

The Reverse is me, guitarist and vocalist Tara Emelye Needham, and drummer Todd Karasik, who ably indulgences my musical impulses, grounds them, builds the other half of their body. Its an entity I keep alive, mostly in my mind, the screen onto which I project myself, shadowy, thin, silhouetted and never quite known. Its the finger sliced on the guitar string. Its all of the silver and black on the stage, mikes and lights, cords and chrome, that somehow make it a home.

It is a relief to tell the truth about this enduring fiction.

Todd and I started playing together when he moved into my house on Long Island. Then we were roommates in Brooklyn. I was too gun-shy to jump head long into another band after mad planets, and he is often busy with other musical projects, which have included his former band, new wave revivalists, my favorite and the isotoners, so we exist, we play, I write, we write, sometimes a lot, sometimes not.

In the fall of 2002 we recorded a demo in a practice space in Williamsburg. Our debut album, entitled The Longest Day of the Year, has just been released this fall 2006, on heartcore records.

the reverse
the longest day of the year

  • tell your mother
  • in the dark
  • lights gone out
  • moments too late
  • new stars
  • the longest day of the year
  • stop light red
  • false start
  • goodbye band
  • moths

All Songs Written by Tara Emelye Needham
except The Longest Day of the Year by Needham/Todd Karasik Words by Tara Emelye Needham

released by Heartcore Records, 2006


Closing down a decade
Dismantling all we made
The moths emerge from the page
Like paper birds torn and frayed

Even on a day like this
I am holding on for you
Even on a day like this
I am moving on for you

Packing up the sunlight room
White and grey as the moon
A shoebox full beneath the bed
Letters unsent, letters unread

Even on a day like this
I am holding on for you
Even on a day like this
I am moving on for you

Nobody will recognize us
Invisible, anonymous
Heroines of songs and stories
Unwritten and Unrecorded

New Stars

(Inspired by and including lines abridged from the collection of poems "Night Cream" by Joseph Esturo)

Moon shines down, Tambourine round
Little Dipper dives into Orion
Pointing our way to the horizon

Endless Drive, small-town dive
Each and every exit makes a promise
Looking up the New Stars shine upon us

(Lit by New Stars)

I don't want to sleep, I don't want to try
I don't want to go anywhere without you
I just want to dream underneath New Stars

Perfect rain with perfect aim
Light and Water sparkle on the windshield
Humming in silence with our lips sealed

Rest stop from the beginning of time
Trace the lanes and match the pattern
Two steps left and dance with Saturn

(Lit by New Stars)

Dust collects and collides in the sky tonight
I can see the New Stars in your eyes
Dust connects and collides in the sky tonight
I can see the New Stars in your eyes




contact the reverse

The Reverse will perform at the 2007 New York City Popfest

Friday May 25th
168 Delancey Street

Mitch Easter
The Secret History
The Smittens
Affair d'Coeur

visit www.nycpopfest.com for directions and ticket info

Solo performance by Tara Emelye; Reading by Marissa Walsh, and more!
Saturday, March 31 2007, 7pm
Bluestockings Bookstore
172 Allen Street between Stanton and Rivington
New York, New Yor
Free (Suggested donation $5)

Tara Emelye joins Marissa Walsh, author of Girl with Glasses: My Optic History, and special guests for a spec-tacular evening of words and music! Ladies and gents, sit back, relax enjoy the tunes and wear your glasses!

Marissa Walsh is also coauthor of the cult classic Tipsy in Madras: A Complete Guide to 80s Preppy Drinking, and the editor of the YA anthology Not Like Iím Jealous or Anything. She also wrote and published the rad zine Indignant Gingham. A former childrenís book editor, she has worn glasses since the third grade.

Sunday, January 21
The Annex NYC
152 Orchard Street
New York NY 10002
730pm -- My Other Friend
815pm -- Changing Modes
900pm --The Shondes
945pm -- The Reverse
1030pm -- Dirty Excuse
$6 cover

Thursday, October 26, 2006. 7:30pm
The Million Poems Show, with host Jordan Davis and house band JJ Appleton, welcomes writer Janice Erlbaum and musical guest The Reverse/Tara Emelye
Saint Joseph Hall Auditorium/The College of Saint Rose
985 Madison Avenue Albany, NY FREE!
more info

Saturday, September 9, 2006
Tara Emelye solo with poets Rebecca Wolff and Bernadette Mayer
at The Capital District Federation of Ideas

Friday, July 28, 2006
The Reverse with Chris Brokaw (Come, Codeine), Poem Rocket and Jason Spiro
Albany New York

Friday, June 16, 2006
North Six
66 North Sixth Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Doors open at 8pm; Show starts at 9pm, $10
The Shondes, The Reverse, My Teenage Stride and Kapow!

Wednesday June 21 2006
17 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12207
The Longest Day of the Year Party
Performances by The Reverse and special guests
Advance copies of the reverse album available!
Doors open 6pm; Show starts at 7pm; $5