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Hugo Ferreira of Tantric

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Tantric Biography

Based in Louisville, Kentucky USA, the Alternative-Rock outfit Tantric was formed in 1999 by three members of Days Of The New: guitarist Todd Whitener, bass player Jesse Vest and drummer Matt Taul; within a short time, they were joined by vocalist Hugo Ferreira, who completed the line-up.

Their self-titled debut album was issued on Maverick Records in early 2001 and became a quick success on The Billboard Top 200 chart peaking at #71 while the first single, "Breakdown", shot to #1 on The Mainstream Rock chart and peaked at #4 on The Modern Rock Tracks; the second single cut, "Astounded", has also enjoyed chart success reaching the #7 slot on the Active Rock chart and the final single, "Mourning", made it into the top 20 on that same chart. They maintained a high profile by touring with the likes of Creed and Kid Rock and sharing the stage with everyone from Coldplay and Staind to Stone Temple Pilots and 3 Doors Down.

Released in advance of the second album, lead single "Hey Now" debuted into the top 10 of The Mainstream Rock chart in the fall of 2003. "After We Go" reached the #56 position on Billboard's Top 200 Albums chart upon its February 2004 release spawning two more Active Rock top 40 hits with the title-track and the cover of Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain".

After an unbelievably successful platinum debut album and during the promotion of their second record, Tantric had to endure the demise of Maverick, plus numerous personal trials and tribulations.
In 2008 Tantric re-emerged with a new line-up and a new outlook on life and music; frontman Hugo Ferreira, welcomes a talented group of new musicians: Joe Pessia on guitar, Marcus Ratzenboeck on violin, Erik Leonhardt, from labelmates Fosterchild, on bass and Kevin Miller, ex-Fuel and also of Fosterchild, on drums. In April the group unleashed a new album on Silent Majority called "The End Begins" which reached #91 on The Billboard 200 and produced the Hot Mainstream Rock top 10 hit single "Down And Out".

Tantric put out its fourth album, "Mind Control", in August 2009. The disc's title-track was the first single to come off the CD, it reached #37 on The Hot Mainstream Rock chart.

September 2013 saw Hugo Ferreira, the only original member, release a new Tantric album entitled "37 Channels". The disc, which contains the quirky single "Mosquita", was recorded with the “A” list of players, including Hinder singer Austin Winkler, Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett, drummer Greg Upchurch of 3 Doors Down, to name a few.


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    The band line-up 2004
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    Tantric line-up 2008