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Interview:
Tantric Frontman Takes Control Of Band
 

By GARY GRAFF
Of the Oakland Press

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Now that Tantric is effectively his band, frontman Hugo Ferreira wants to make it sound like that.

“Yeah, there’s a lot of songs on this record that had been written for years that the other band wasn’t necessarily interested in,” Ferreira, 34, says of material on “The End Begins,” Tantric’s first album in four years. It follows the disintegration of the hard rock band’s label, Madonna’s Maverick Records, and the defection of the former Days of the New members who formed Tantric with Ferreira in 1999.

Ferreira — who lived in the Detroit area, mostly Oakland County, from 1992-2000, where he led the band Merge — says that “there wasn’t much of a democracy” in the previous version of Tantric, where he felt like a junior partner. He’s hoping to prove himself with “The End Begins,” which debuted at No. 91 on the Billboard 200 chart in April, while the single “Down and Out” is getting heavy airplay at rock stations around the country.

“I always wanted to take the reins completely; I was not afraid of it at all,” Ferreira notes. “I’m confident in what I can do as far as taking a project from nothing into something.

“I’m a really hard worker, man. I don’t give up very easily, so I’m glad I have that opportunity to show everybody, like, “This is how it’s supposed to be done.’”



Tantric, Fosterchild and Framing Hanley perform at 6:30 p.m. Friday (May 9)at St. Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit. Tickets are $10.01. Call (313) 961-6358 or visit www.livenation.com.

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