The new Tantric album, Mind Control hit shelves and digital retailers on August 4th. The album features the title track as a single and is already recognized as the hardest and the thickest Tantric album to come out yet. This album comes only a year removed from the bandís first album in four years ďThe End Begins.Ē Whatís the reasoning behind putting a record out so soon after releasing their last record? Tantricís frontman and engine Hugo Ferreira put it simply, "I just feel that it was the best thing to do for our career."
"We had the material written. We didnít want to be off the radar. We were off the radar from 2004-2008 and we didnít want people to have to wait for us. Itís already a not a very loyal business, so if youíre not constantly at it you can be easily forgotten."
The band was hardly forgotten between 2004 and 2008. Even though Hugo had a completely different band and a fill-in drummer in Fuelís Kevin Miller, Tantric came back and sold records, drew crowds, and got new fans involved in the music that were already liking it before. Lots of fans have been disgruntled by the bandís current lineup and how Hugo is the only remaining member from the original band, but the a big chunk of that fan base has been into the new version of Tantric and Ferreira is happier in Tantric than heís ever been.
"I feel very fortunate to have an 11 year career so far with this band, even though itís been through multiple incarnations," says Ferreira. "I think this [current band] is definitely by-far the best, most professional, and most talented musically that Iíve ever had the pleasure of playing with. We take each day at a time, we look forward to a tour, and we definitely have a lot of faith in the new record."
The band is out on tour now until mid-September and theyíre hoping to have some serious success with this record because they feel itís the best Tantric record.
"Itís probably going to be the work thatís going to be the most-relatable to a bigger audience," explained Ferreira. "As far as technical ability that was introduced to the song-writing and the combination of that and what we were able to achieve sonically. Everything lined up perfectly and helped us achieve what I think is our perfect record.
Tantric is currently out on the road with Aranda and Vayden. Tour dates are below:
Aug 4 2009 Middle East Cambridge, Massachusetts
Aug 6 2009 The Chance Poughkeepsie, New York
Aug 7 2009 The Quarter Baltimore, Maryland
Aug 8 2009 House Sports Bar Laurel
Aug 9 2009 Riverside Festival w/THE ZONE Rochester, New York
Aug 11 2009 Altar Bar Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Aug 12 2009 20th Century Theater Cincinnati, Ohio
Aug 14 2009 Phoenix Hill Tavern Louisville, Kentucky
Aug 15 2009 The Machine Shop Flint, Michigan
Aug 16 2009 BIG 10 ROCK FEST South Bend, Indiana
Aug 18 2009 Magic Stick Detroit, Michigan
Aug 20 2009 Shank Hall Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Aug 21 2009 The Annex Madison, Wisconsin
Aug 22 2009 The Rock Maplewood, Minnesota
Aug 23 2009 ROCK GONE WILD music fest Algona, Iowa
Aug 25 2009 Knickerbockers Lincoln, Nebraska
Aug 26 2009 Georgeís Majestic Lounge Fayetteville, Arkansas
Aug 28 2009 Trees Dallas, Texas
Aug 29 2009 Scout Bar Houston, Texas
Aug 30 2009 Midnight Rodeo San Angelo, Texas
Sep 2 2009 Scout Bar San Antonio, Texas
Sep 3 2009 Midnite Rodeo Abilene, Texas
Sep 4 2009 Tequila Jungle Lubbock, Texas
Sep 5 2009 Dos Amigos Cantina Odessa, Texas
Sep 6 2009 KLAQ BBQ Sunland Park, New Mexico
Sep 8 2009 Juanitas Little Rock, Arkansas
Sep 11 2009 Piereís Ft Wayne, Indiana
Sep 12 2009 XFest 2009 Huntington, West Virginia
Sep 16 2009 York Fair York, Pennsylvania
Sep 22 2009 The Garage Kearney, Nebraska