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Louisville, United States (1999 – present)

Tantric is a post-grunge band from Louisville, Kentucky, that was formed by three former members of Days of the New, Jesse Vest, Todd Whitener, and Matt Taul, with the addition of Merge singer, Hugo Ferreira. They were signed to Maverick Records in 1999, and recorded their self-titled debut with producer, Tobey Wright in 2000. The record was released in February 2001, which debuted at #193 on the Billboard 200. The record eventually went platinum, largely on the strength of the single “Breakdown” and the band’s extensive touring with the likes of Kid Rock and Creed. Follow-up singles “Astounded” and a remixed version of “Mourning” also fared well.

The band’s sophomore effort, “After We Go”, again produced by Wright, was released in February 2004, preceded by the single “Hey Now”. Described as heavier than their first record, “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”). Nevertheless, Tantric soldiered on, touring with Three Doors Down and Shinedown for much of 2004.

In 2005, it was announced that Jesse Vest had left the band to spend time with his family. He was replaced by Bruce LaFrance. For much of that year, Tantric worked on their third record. Some of the songs tracked for the record include “Letting Go”, “People”, “Worth Waiting For”, “Fall Down”, “The One”, “July”, “Locked Out”, and “Stay With You”.


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