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Tantric

Tantric is an American rock band from Louisville, Kentucky. The group was founded in 1999 by former Days of the New members Todd Whitener, Jesse Vest and Matt Taul, later recruiting Hugo Ferreira as their lead singer. Altogether Tantric has released five studio albums Tantric (2001), After We Go (2004), The End Begins (2008), Mind Control (2009) and 37 Channels (2013). Tantric released the compilation album Blue Room Archives, on September 30, 2014, making it their most recent release.

After leaving Days of the New in November 1998 guitarist Todd Whitener, bassist Jesse Vest, and drummer Matt Taul reached out to Massachusetts native Hugo Ferreira (formerly of the band Merge) in early 1999 to see if he would be interested in starting a new project together. The former Days of the New members had previously met Ferreira during a tour and admired his distinct baritone voice. By March that year, the four had their first practice together upon Ferreira's move to Nashville. The band started under the name C-14 but soon changed their name to Tantric. With the help of friends in Louisville radio, the band quickly gained local exposure.


Tantric is a post-grunge band from Louisville, Kentucky.
Beginning under the name C-14, a short name for radiocarbon, they soon changed to Tantric and were signed to Maverick Records that same year.
Tantric recorded their self-titled debut with producer Toby Wright in 2000. Released in February 2001, the record debuted at #193 on the Billboard 200.
After We Go debuted at #56 on the Billboard 200. Unfortunately, the album did not match the success of their debut, in part due to the poor reception of follow-up singles (the title track "After We Go," and their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain").
Hugo Ferreira began searching for a new band, enlisting former Fuel drummer Kevin Miller, Joe Pessia (guitarist Dramagods) through mutual friend Nuno Bettencourt, Erik Leonhardt (bassist), and Marcus Ratzenboeck (electric violin) as new members of the band. Shortly thereafter, Tantric announced their deal with the Silent Majority Group record label, and their new management company, JHMP

Tantric is often categorized as post-grunge and is known for its emphasis on acoustic guitar, distorted electric guitar, and multi-layered vocal harmonies.

 

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