Tank and The Bangas return with new album Green Balloon on May 3 + Single “Ants” out now!

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Breakout New Orleans-based five-piece Tank and The Bangas return with their highly anticipated new album, Green Balloon, which is set for release on May 3 via Verve Forecast. Green Balloon follows the release of the band’s 2013 debut album, Think Tank. Fans can pre-order Green Balloon here: https://TankAndTheBangas.lnk.to/GreenBalloon
Additionally, “Ants,” the second track to be revealed from the record, premieres on NPR Music, who proclaims, “The video for the new single…narrates her stream-of-conscious flow with hand-drawn visuals as animated as Tank’s trademark soul.”

Green Balloon represents a musical evolution for the group who called upon producers Jack SplashMark BatsonZaytovenLouie 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 get going. The green light is here and Tank and The Bangas are ready to take flight.
In support of the release, the group confirms an extensive run of North American tour dates this fall. The performances include stops at New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Boston Calling, Firefly Music Festival, Fortress Festival, Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival and more. Tickets are on sale now at tankandthebangas.com. See below for complete tour dates.
Tank and the Bangas unanimously won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017, 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 CoachellaBonnarooNewport 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).
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1. Colors Introduction
2. Spaceships
3. Dope Girl Magic
4. Ants
5. Hot Air Balloons (feat. Alex Isley)
6. Forgetfulness
7. Get Up Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)
8. Too High Prelude
9. I Don’t Get High
10. Happy Town feat. Pell
11. Nice Things
12. Smoke.Netflix.Chill.
13. Floating Interlude
14. Mr. Lion
15. In London Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)
16. Lazy Daze (feat. Robert Glasper)
17. Colors Change
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March 8—Tallahassee, FL—The Wilbury
March 9—Tampa, FL—Gasparilla Music Festival
March 10—St. Augustine, FL—St. Augustine Amphitheatre
March 12—Charleston, SC—The Charleston Pour House
March 13—Charlotte, NC—Neighborhood Theatre
March 14—Asheville, NC—The Orange Peel
March 15—Atlanta, GA—Buckhead Theatre
March 16—Memphis, TN—Minglewood Hall at 1884 Lounge
April 13—Roanoke, VA—Elmwood Park Amphitheater
April 15—Indianapolis, IN—Deluxe at Old National Centre
April 17—St. Louis, MO—Delmar Hall
April 18—Lexington, KY—Manchester Music Hall
April 19—Birmingham, AL—Iron City
April 20—Nashville, TN—Cannery Ballroom
April 23—Oklahoma City, OK—Tower Theatre
April 25—San Antonio, TX—Paper Tiger
April 27-April 28—Forth Worth, TX—Fortress Festival
April 27—Shreveport, LA—Strage Brew
May 4—New Orleans, LA—New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 17-19—Knoxville, TN—Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival
May 24—Boston, MA—Boston Calling
June 5—Ithaca, NY—State Theatre of Ithaca
June 7—Portland, ME—Thompson’s Point
June 16—Buffalo, NY— Albright Knox Art Gallery
June 22—Dover, DE—Firefly Music Festival
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