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Singled Out: Tantric


08/06/2009
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(antiMusic) Welcome to Singled Out! where we ask artists to tell us the inside story of their latest single. Today Joe Pessia and Hugo Ferreira from Tantric tell us about the title track from their brand new album "Mind Control". We now turn it over to them the story:

From guitarist Joe Pessia: Once we finished the tour with Saliva and Drowning Pool, we all went our separate ways home to begin writing for the next record. This one ("Mind Control") was written early-to-mid process in. Usually when I write, I'll record the bass and a bunch of guitar parts to a Pro Tools grid to make it easy for Hugo to experiment with adding/moving parts. The original was based on the bass line I wrote for the verses...that was also the intro riff. As the song kept growing, I revisited the intro/main riff and re-wrote it to something a bit heavier with a bit more attitude. (I was shooting for something along the lines of heavy STP as I love Dean DeLeo's playing). Fun tune...I think the song also gives everyone in the band a little spot to sink their teeth into live as well.

From singer Hugo Ferreira: "Mind Control" went through many periods from its inception. It was actually one of the first songs Joe and I wrote for this record, and we loved it from the start. I was in Louisville, Joe in Boston and he e-mailed me the riffs to "Mind Control." However, they were initially in a different order and even slightly different riffs.

After he sent me the guitar parts, I started writing vocal lines and lyrics inspired by an anti-corporation and organized Big Brother news, i.e. crazy Glen Beck's and Bill O'Reilly's, and just the crazy sh*t that comes out of Fox News and others like that.

After we got the basics done, I went to Florida where I worked with Brett Hestla for the first time on the arrangements. We cut them and put and sang the basic song. 80% of the song remained the same. When we went to the studio to cut the record, Joe changed the opening riff and other parts. We added the violin, Ritchie's incredible drumming, harmonies and bass to create what we have now.

Hearing is believing. Now that you know the story behind the song, listen for yourself and learn more about the album right here!

[Any political views expressed are those of the artist. antiMusic does not engage in or endorse the partisan politics of either side of the political spectrum. There are enough politics in the music biz for us to focus on.]



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