Breakout New Orleans-based five-piece Tank and The Bangas’ official music video for their single, “Nice Things,” is finally out!
The song appears on their acclaimed new album Green Balloon, which is out now on Verve Forecast. In support of the release, the group confirms an extensive run of North American tour dates, including performances at Afropunk, Celebrate Brooklyn, Newport Jazz Festival, Boston Calling, Firefly Music Festival more. See below for complete tour dates.
Green Balloon represents a musical evolution for the group who called upon producers Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Zaytoven, Louie Lastic and Robert Glasper to help capture their vision. “Green Balloon is a sister to Think Tank,” says lead singer Tarriona “Tank” Ball. “Think Tank was 12, and Green Balloon is 16 and having sex. She’s out there.”
“It’s like colors or something,” says The Bangas. “Everything we’re influenced by we don’t have a problem putting on a record because we don’t feel like we’re stuck in one lane.” Ball adds, “When we’re creating, we are creating. We never say: that sounded too blues-y, that sounded too country, that’s too hip-hop. It’s just that’s what this feels like, so let’s push that feeling to its completion, make it feel good.”
Overall, the band is no longer waiting for their own green light to getgoing. The green light is here and Tank and The Bangas are ready to take flight.
Tank and the Bangas unanimously won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017, about which Bob Boilen proclaimed, “This band combines R&B with hip-hop’s poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans.”
Since 2017, the band has toured non-stop selling out venues both stateside and abroad including festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Newport Folk Festival and more.
Last year, they were included on Rolling Stone’s list of the “10 Artists You Need To Know,” who called them, “A secular church experience, with freewheeling improvisational chops and positive vibes” and were featured in the August print issue of Vanity Fair.Tank and The Bangas are Ball, Norman Spence (bass), Merell Burkett (keyboards), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute).