It is without a doubt that when a band is on tour, they want to exceed expectations since their last performance. On Friday, June 21st, that is what happened with Alternative Metal band Tantric from Kentucky. Currently, they are on the road with other acts like Saving Abel, Trapt, Saliva and Puddle of Mudd. The tour made a stop at Lisle, Illinois’ own BaseCamp Pub and Eatery. The locals were ready for a festive Friday night after a grueling work week. BaseCamp was packed and ready for a good time.
Chicagoland is known for big names, especially in the metal/ alternative realm of music: Smashing Pumpkins, Disturbed, and even Chevelle. Tantric slays whenever they arrive into town and that is exactly what they did to the audience at BaseCamp for #MuddFest.
With a brand new drummer, Tantric is touring in support of their latest album, “Mercury Retrograde,” which is still casting a phenomenal spell over the airwaves and their loyal fans. BaseCamp was filled from wall-to-wall with an abundance of Truly Hard Spiked Sparkling Water on hand to keep the carbs low and the rock energy high.
The eyeliner was thick among women/men and the humidity made for a sweaty situation. Yet, there was a sense of joy and a hard party vibe which was about to explode!
The stage was ready for Hugo (singer), Jaron (bass player), Baz (lead guitar) and Ian (drummer). Once you hear the opening violins of “Down and Out,” you get chills!!! You know what is about to go #down…. (See what I did there???? #Iamfunny #lol)
Hugo picks up the microphone and the first words he sings, “I am coming up for air so I can check myself,” reminds you of the truth, which are behind the lyrics of all Tantric songs. Hugo’s voice is legendary: deep, soulful and sexy. He appeals to women with his swagger and men wish they can embody that. With a career that spans over 2 decades, Hugo deserves the recognition of being a marvelous front man that I have been a fan of since 2002.
There was for sure something in the air that night. Maybe it was because it was the first day of summer. Jaron has a very commanding presence on stage. He is a master at his Fender Bass Guitar and this is coming from a chick who has always thought Flea of the Red Hot Chili Peppers was the bass player that everyone should take lessons from. However, watch Jaron when he plays, “Astounded.” He is aggressive, precise, and hits every note with power. It is mesmerizing and shows an incredible amount of energy. #Cheers to you Mr. Man!!!!!
There is no question that Baz plays his Gibson guitar with a vengeance. You see the passion, dedication, and his beautiful hair, delightful, drifting through the wind as he drives home every Tantric song. Many jaws drop and you feel as if your body is about to shatter, especially during the hit “Breakdown.” (#Goodtimes…)
With a new drummer hailing from LA, Ian ignites a new vigor in Tantric. Ian is heavily tattooed and smashes his cymbals during every song. His arms fly everywhere, but he is still true to Tantric’s overall vision: Post Grunge magic accompanied by very talented musicians. #truefanhere
The end of Tantric’s session when they play live is just awesome; their finale is a very close and personal song that I tend to get emotional over. “Mourning” has turned into romantic yet teary song which incorporates a little bit of a jam session. This helps to keep things fresh and inviting. All of the audience is engaged and loves its different feel, a standout from the songs that Tantric is normally known for…
Honestly, I cannot get enough of Tantric. I tell my coworkers, clients and friends/family that if Tantric is in town, you can expect me to be at their show without question. I will be dancing, jumping up and down, plus singing every word to every song. It is what I do and is a release for the stress that I encounter in my everyday life.
Make sure to catch Tantric on tour with #MUDDFEST. They are coming back to Illinois on July 5th with Saliva to play Top Fuel Saloon in Braidwood. Get your tickets NOW!!!!!
And bring Mountain Dew… ☺ #justsaying