Album info

Album-Release:
2022

HRA-Release:
13.05.2022

Label: Verve

Genre: R&B

Subgenre: Hip Hop Soul

Artist: Tank And The Bangas

Album including Album cover

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  • 1Intro00:45
  • 2Mr. Bluebell02:32
  • 3Anxiety02:28
  • 4Oak Tree03:07
  • 5Communion in My Cup03:30
  • 6Who’s in Charge03:31
  • 7Why Try03:36
  • 8No ID03:11
  • 9Cafe Du Monde03:59
  • 10Easy Goes It01:37
  • 11Stolen Fruit03:37
  • 12Big01:38
  • 13Heavy02:41
  • 14Jellyfish03:27
  • 15Where Do We All Go03:55
  • Total Runtime43:34

Info for Red Balloon



Tank and The Bangas return with their third studio album, Red Balloon, an album born out of a pandemic-ordered break from the band’s rigorous touring schedule. The hiatus gave the band space to breathe and double down on who they areas artists, allowing them to reunite as a more unified group. The new work has evolved and pushed the band to a new level, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on the ills of America while also celebrating the beauty of black life. “This has been one of the best attempts thus far at capturing what happens when we’re all playing at the same time,” notes the band. “Red Balloon is coming straight for your heart and your neck. It’s going to make you bop and think and love, hopefully, and even love people that look different.” Predominantly produced by Tank and the Bangas, the 16-track album was recorded at Bangaville Studiosin New Orleans and Revival Studios in Los Angeles. Red Balloon also includes contributions from Alex Isley, Masego, Quest love, Lalah Hathaway, Big Freedia, Jacob Collier, Trombone Shorty, The Hamiltones and Wayne Brady.

Tarriona “Tank” Ball, lead vocals
Albert Allenback, alto saxophone, flute, vocals
Joshua Johnson, drums, percussion, vocals
Norman Spence, keyboards, vocals
Guests:
Wayne Brady
The Hamiltones
Alex Isley and Masego
Jamison Ross
Trombone Shorty
Lalah Hathaway
Big Freedia
Jacob Collier



Tank and the Bangas
Coming from New Orleans, Tank and the Bangas are surrounded by plenty of grand musical traditions. And the five-piece group has a rare knack for combining various musical styles—fiery soul, deft hip-hop, deep-groove R&B and subtle jazz—into one dazzling, cohesive whole that evokes the scope of New Orleans music while retaining a distinctive feel all its own.

“It’s music that can’t really be put in a box,” says singer and poet Tarriona “Tank” Ball. She fronts the band with vivid charisma that helped Tank and the Bangas win NPR’s 2017 Tiny Desk Concert Contest by unanimous acclaim, standing out among 6,000 entrants because of what Bob Boilen called “the depth of their lyricism and the versatility of their players.” Those same qualities also attracted the attention of Verve Records, which has signed the band.

Ball’s lyrical depth has been years in the making. She came up in the strong local slam poetry scene before meeting her bandmates: Merell Burkett on keyboards, Joshua Johnson on drums, Norman Spence on bass and synth keys and, eventually, Albert Allenback on alto sax and flute. “Growing up, I always could sing, but I wrote better than I sang, so I focused on writing,” she says. After her team won the National Poetry Slam Championship two years in a row, Ball turned her full attention to Tank and the Bangas.

What started as a loose collaboration at an open-mic night in 2011 has grown into a mesmerizing musical force that’s only picking up speed. After a featured set at the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival early in the band’s career, the musicians built a reputation outside their hometown by grinding it out on the road, honing their live show and releasing the 2013 album Think Tank, all the while converting audiences into passionate fans and garnering critical acclaim, from the New Orleans Advocate to The New York Times. “It made us work hard,” Ball says of playing Jazz Fest. “It made us want to feel deserving of it.”

Their hard work is paying off: The Huffington Post says Tank and the Bangas defy description onstage, adding, “It’s music that you have to experience.” The experience is subject to change from one night to the next.

“One show will feel very electronic, or hip-hop, and another show will feel slow and vibe-y and jazzy, and then another show will just be poetry and off-the-cuff riffs,” says Johnson. “As a band, we don’t like to hear ourselves do the same thing for too long, so we might change a small thing here or there, and if we change enough small things, it seems like a big change.”

Tank and the Bangas won the Tiny Desk contest with “Quick,” a riotous single they released in 2017 (and soon accompanied with a cheeky, not entirely safe-for-work video). There’s more new music where that came from as the group works on the follow-up to Think Tank. “It’s going to be awesome,” Ball says. “It’s going to be fun, and a little vulnerable at the same time.”

The band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just music: Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer. Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. “I don’t know if there’s such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,” Spence says, laughing at the memory. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage—“I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all,” she say—while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer.

“I don’t just think about myself when I write now,” she says. “Just being with my bandmates taught me to think more about other people. And when you have an audience of people ready to listen to you, you’re excited to connect with them, you really are.”!

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