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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Tuesday To-Do: Tantric

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9 p.m., Juanita's. $10 adv., $12 d.o.s.

Hailing from Louisville, Ky., the city that spawned 20th-century freethinking renegades such as Johnny Depp, Hunter S. Thompson and Muhammed Ali, the quartet Tantric is composed of vocalist Hugo Ferreira, drummer Matt Taul, bassist Jesse Vest and guitarist Todd Whitener. The latter three played together as teens, and eventually evolved in 1995 into a band called Days of the New, whose debut album went platinum. On tour with Metallica, conflicts resulted in the three getting fired by shameless Layne Staley poser Travis Meeks. “We went from opening for Metallica, and feeling like we had everything and more going for us, to picking up job applications at Arby's,” Whitener has said. But the trio hooked up with singer Ferreira, and, in time, caught the attention of Madonna's record label, Maverick, which dropped the name Carbon-14 for the more mysterious-sounding Tantric. In 2001, they released tracks that have been described as a blend of unusual vocal harmonies, hard riffs and intriguing experimentation. At the helm was Toby Wright, who had produced Primus, Alice in Chains and Korn. With a full head of touring steam, Tantric heads to town for Tuesday's 18-and-up show at Juanita's, with openers FosterChild and Aranda. —Paul Peterson.

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