The band was formed by three former members of Days of the New, Jesse Vest, Todd Whitener, and Matt Taul, with the addition of Merge singer, Hugo Ferreira. They were signed to Maverick Records in 1999, and recorded their self-titled debut with producer, Toby Wright in 2000. The record eventually went platinum, largely on the strength of the single "Breakdown" Follow-up singles "Astounded" and a remixed version of "Mourning" also fared well.
The band`s second album, "After We Go", again produced by Wright, was released in February 2004, preceded by the single "Hey Now" and a cover of Fleetwood Mac`s "The Chain." In 2005, it was announced that Jesse Vest had left the band to spend time with his family. He was replaced by Bruce LaFrance. For much of that year, Tantric worked on their third record, Tantric 3. Some of the songs tracked in vein for the record include "Letting Go", "People", "Worth Waiting For", "Fall Down", "The One", "July", "Locked Out", and "Stay With You". Todd Whitener recorded the bass guitar parts for the album, and also contributed lead vocals to a number of songs.
In March of 2006, Tantric was dropped by Maverick Records, shelving Tantric 3 indefinitely, as the band looked for a new label. During this year-long hiatus, guitarist Todd Whitener tracked some demos for an upcoming solo album. In May of 2007, Todd Whitener announced that he was leaving the band, citing he had reached a stagnant place in his life and wanted to further develop. He, along with Bruce LaFrance, left Tantric to begin their new project, Interchange, with 20-year old Louisville-native Tony Gantt behind the drums. Matt Taul subsequently left to join the band, Nova Red.
Left without a band, Hugo enlisted former Fuel drummer Kevin Miller , Joe Pessia (guitarist), Erik Leonhardt (bassist), and Marcus Ratzenboeck (electric violin) as new members of the band. Tantric subsequently announced their deal with Jeff Hansen`s Silent Majority Group record label, and JHMP, their new management company. Because of the change in the band`s line-up, the entire Tantric 3 album has been scrapped, replaced by songs written by the new lineup, and recorded in September 2007. The record has a tentative release of early 2008 and will be called `The End Begins.`