Artist of The Day: Tank and the Bangas

posted by Shane German on 04/23/2019

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Tuesday, April 23rd: TANK AND THE BANGAS

Active since 2011, Tank and the Bangas are a New Orleans, Louisiana-based R&B band fronted by Tarriona Ball, aka Tank, a singer and poet who can wail like Patti LaBelle, scold like Millie Jackson, and soliloquize like Jill Scott. The band's instrumental core, capable of shifting from classic soul and funk to hip-hop, reggae, and rock, consists of musical director and drummer Joshua Johnson, keyboardist Merell Burkett, keyboardist and bassist Norman Spence, and saxophonist and flutist Albert Allenback.

“Think Tank,” their debut studio album, was released independently in 2013. It was followed by a pair of recordings that documented hometown gigs: “The Big Bang: Live at Gasa Gasa” in 2014 and “Jazzfest” in 2015. In 2017, Tank and the Bangas reached a new audience when they prevailed over 6,000 fellow aspiring acts to win NPR's third Tiny Desk Contest. The vote, from a panel of musicians and experts, was unanimous. A concert EP, “Live Vibes,” followed in 2018 as part of the annual Record Store Day.

Their newest EP "Green Balloon" was recently added to WYCE’s library.

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