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05/29/2015 Tantric, While She Waits, Aggressive Betty, Seeking Monte (Rochester, NY @ Montage Music Hall)

By Eric | May 30, 2015 9:13 am

I wasn’t sure what kind of crowd to expect for this show. Tantric had a couple of modern rock radio staples, but nothing in the last couple of years that’s made an impact. There turned out not to be much of a crowd at all. If the place topped out at 75 people (including the other bands) that was a lot. By the time I got there, I only saw part of the last song of Seeking Monte’s set, so other than the fact that I saw they had a female lead singer who sounded pretty good, I can’t say much. Aggressive Betty did their usual metal thing next, and truthfully I was more pre-occupied watching the Lightning and Rangers in Game 7 of the Eastern Conference Finals on my phone (Go Bolts!). The direct support was a self-proclaimed “redneck” rock band from Arizona called While She Waits. They certainly had stage presence, they didn’t sound half bad, but nothing particularly stood out about them either.

Tantric came out, and despite the small crowd, played as if they were in front of packed house. Lead singer Hugo Ferreira has turned over the entire band between the first album and now, which is kinda interesting considering he was essentially a replacement lead singer for the rest of Days of the New. Regardless, Hugo and the band gave it their all, and gave us a good spread over the bands now six albums, hitting all the singles in addition to some newer cuts. I thought they sounded great, Hugo sounded good and his top-ranked “yarl” was in fine form. The show was a fun way to spend a Friday night, and it was cool to see a band I’d only seen once before, seven years ago.

Tantric setlist:
Hey Now
Live Your Life
You Got What You Wanted
Mind Control
Fall to the Ground
(Drum Solo)
Fall Down
Down and Out

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