By: Margo Anderson
This weekend, I had the extreme pleasure of seeing one of the greatest bands in the history of rock: Tantric! After a day basking by the pool with their fans at BaseCamp in Lisle, IL, Hugo Ferreira, Jaron Gulino, Sebastian LaBar and Troy Patrick Farrell bounded on stage in high spirits. The positive energy before the show was so thick you could almost see it hanging in the air above the stage. Watching one of my favorite bands rip through their set like a local band trying to prove themselves to their audience was one of the greatest experiences of my life.
The excitement I felt when the lights went down was palpable and electric. Goosebumps arrived as soon as Tantric hit the stage and didn’t leave for the duration of the set. They kicked off the show with the fan (and personal) favorite, “Down and Out” from their 2008 release, The End Begins and the crowd went absolutely nuts. Including “Live Your Life”, “Breakdown”, “Astounded” and “Mourning”, the band played hit after hit. The crowd was enamored with “Angry,” a track off of their upcoming release, Mercury Retrograde.
Hugo, with his charm and unmistakable voice, enraptured us with his passionate and enthusiastic performance. Jaron was simply mesmerizing to watch as he laid down basslines like a rock god. Sebastian strummed out killer guitar riffs and destroyed every solo like a wrecking ball. Troy drove us wild with his precision percussion. It left us fans with a hunger for their new album.
The show left me with an intense hunger for more Tantric! Anyone looking for an impressive performance will definitely want to catch a Tantric concert. Whether they are opening or headlining the night, they put on one of the best shows around. They are also some of the nicest, most genuine men around, always eager to have a chat and connect with us fans. They make a concerted effort to make sure their fans know they’re approachable.
Singing along to all my favorite songs and watching the band play them to perfection was easily the best part of the night. I left an ecstatic Tantric fan that will continue to love their hardcore sound until the end, which I hope is never. I can’t wait to hear Mercury Retrograde when it comes out on October 5! Do yourself a favor, support Tantric and buy the album. If the rest of the album is anything close to the song we heard, we are in for a treat!