Event on 2017-08-06 20:00:00
To hear the soundtrack running through Hugo Ferreiras head, just listen to the 13 songs on the new Tantric album. With more than 50 minutes of visceral, diverse rock, 37 Channels musically mines the soul of the Tantric singer, letting listeners inside the bands most personal and evocative album to dateand thats saying something for a platinum-selling group with hit singles including Breakdown and Down and Out. Of heady new songs like Loss for Words, Where Do We Go From Here? and Broken, Ferreira explains with a laugh: I cant afford a therapist, so this is what I do. I regurgitate all my angst and pain and confusion and joy. Im showing more, letting people into my brain and heart. Helping give life to 37 Channels are an impressive list of players and friends, including Shooter Jennings (on the quirky Mosquita); Leif Garrett, bluesy rhythm guitarist Kenny Olson (Kid Rock); Hinder singer Austin Winkler (co-vocals to Fault and Bullet); Saving Abel guitarist Scott Bartlett, Uncle Kracker axeman Kevin McCreery; and drummer Greg Upchurch (3 Doors Down). But make no mistake; if Ferreira is the only original member, 37 Channels is still very much a Tantric record: Its always been my baby, Im still the guy who co-founded the band back in Louisville, he explains. Ive had different incarnations throughout the years, and the sounds have changed with the different players, but his is the most Tantric Tantric record so far. I even did my own harmony vocals. The whole album is very articulate to what I wanted it to sound like. While the records guest list is impressive, the big names are tasteful additions, not flashy add-ons. Ferreira puts it more bluntly: I didnt let people jerk off all over this record! Im very protective of it. I used to let things go, but I literally oversaw every aspect of 37 Channels.That included writing 116 songs, recording 19, and in order to create the uncompromised music he heard in his head, playing all the instruments himself on initial versions of the songs. When he was happy with a tune, hed then enlist the players to execute it best. Im a good guitar player, I'm a great piano player, Im an ok drummer and Im a good bass player, he relates. But Im really more of a songwriter and singer than anything. Producing the record himself (in addition to doing one song with Fuel/Collective Soul producer Malcolm Springer) Ferreira tracked 37 Channels at Nashvilles Rivergate Studios. It was great after spending two and a half years writing at home. Of that lengthy songwriting process, the frontman explains, Even if a song isnt about something that happened to me, whether its me thinking about that poor guy who just walked by looked hungry or whatever, Im always cognitively thinking. My head doesnt have a shut off switch, and the record reflects that in all the different subject matter. Mosquita has a comical undertone, but You Got What You Wanted and Loss for Words are very serious songsand theyre interconnected. The album title, as might be clear, references the myriad of topics playing in the singers mind at any given time, and comes from a lyric in the song Rise. Im the poster child for ADD, he says, but. I choose not to medicate for that. Im super hyper, and when people meet me, theyre like there are a lot of tangents on this kid! Or, as he also analogizes: There are a lot of branches in this tree, and I hop from one to another a lot. The only time I can focus is when Im in the studio and Im by myself, with a little bottle of vodka and a pack of cigarettes. Despite the sometimes-painful lyrical content, 37 Channels is often a fun record, especially on tracks like Mosquita and My Turn, where Ferreira, who calls himself the antithesis of a rock star! has a blast randomly ranting and raving. Looking back at the last several years of work that led up to 37 Channels and a new record deal for Tantric, he doesnt regret the time taken, nor place in the current music milieu. He believes this new record has takenand needed–his lifetime to write: There are bits and pieces of my entire life in this record, so it really did take my whole life, and thats why it can only be written and recorded in this way. As 37 Channels makes clear, Tantric is a career band at the peak of its powers, as will be borne out by a tour later this year. While theres diversity within and among the records, the signature Ferreira vocals and sensibilities shine through. As he concludes, I consider Tantric a boat that I float inits a vessel that carries the music. So I never feel restrictions. It doesnt have any rules. Tantric music can be super-heavy, light–or both Its really an open book with no ending in sight.

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