Tank and the Bangas shine on their first major label album, Green Balloon.
Album review by Greg Deinlein
Perfectly mixing funk, soul, hip-hop, blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, and spoken word poetry into a single cohesive project is no easy feat, but the new album shows that it’s completely comfortable and natural for this incredibly expressive group of musicians.
The New Orleans based group began in 2011 and have found notable success with their 2013 debut album Thinktank and their featured performance on NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk concert series. In the last few years, they have grown a substantial fan base, all of whom have been waiting anxiously for new music. Tank and the Bangas rewarded their fans’ patience with their most well-rounded album to date.
From the hip-hop heavy tracks like “Dope Girl Magic,” produced by Atlanta hip hop legend Zaytoven, to the jazzy tracks produced by Blue Note Records artist Robert Glasper, there is something here for everyone. There are the uplifting songs like “Forgetfulness”, a song with a bass-heavy R&B vibe over which Tarriona “Tank” Ball tells you to remind yourself that you’re a winner and to eat your Wheaties. Then there are the very thoughtful examples of spoken word style lyricism that force you to be a bit introspective, as well as the perfect summer vibe jams in the singles “Nice Things” and “Smoke, Netflix, Chill.”
“Ants,” the second track to be revealed from the record, premiered 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 displays everything Tank and the Bangas stand for and perfectly captures their spirit. Check out the new album, dropping on Friday, May 3rd, and check out their recently announced tour dates to experience the absolute party they put on live!
TANK AND THE BANGAS LIVE
May 4—New Orleans, LA—New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
May 4—New Orleans, LA—The Sugar Ball – Green Balloon Release Party
May 16—Cincinnati, OH—In Her Voice
May 17-19—Knoxville, TN—Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival
May 21—Raleigh, NC—Lincoln Theater
May 22—Richmond, VA—The National
May 23—Norwalk, CT—Wall Street Theater
May 24—Boston, MA—Boston Calling
May 25—North Adams, MA—MASS MoCA
May 31—Las Vegas, NV—Emerge Festival
June 1—Philadelphia, PA—The Mann Center
June 5—Ithaca, NY—State Theatre of Ithaca
June 7—Portland, ME—Thompson’s Point
June 8—Quebec City, Canada—La Source de la Martinière
June 9—Montreal, Canada—L’Astral
June 11—Ottawa, Canada—The Bronson Center
June 12—Toronto, Canada—Mod Club
June 13—Detroit, MI—The Majestic Theater
June 15—Cleveland, OH—Beachland Ballroom
June 16—Buffalo, NY—Albright Knox Art Gallery
June 22—Dover, DE—Firefly Music Festival
August 2—Newport, RI—Newport Jazz Festival
August 24—Brooklyn, NY—Commodore Barry Park
August 25—Port Townsend, WA—THING
Tank and The Bangas are Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Norman Spence (bass), Merell Burkett (keyboards), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute).