Artist Spotlight: Bringing the Firepower: Tank and the Bangas
The funk fusion group blends genuine storytelling with synth-laden theatrics to create a show that’s one of a kind.
photo by the apollo theatre in NYC
Hometown heroes Tank and The Bangas are gaining in popularity, and for good reason. The funk/R&B/blues/fusion group is headed by master songstress Tarriona Ball and blends soft, soaring vocals with rap, synth, and that classic New Orleans sound that is unmistakable. Ball, also known as Tank, creates stories out of melodies and backs them with The Bangas’ own blend of funky spirituality that is highlighted by backup singers, The Grenades.
A Tank and The Bangas show is anything but ordinary. At one moment, Tank could be standing on top of a platform, singing notes that shake you to the very foundation of being, and at another, she can be sitting on the ground speaking in the delicate sing-song way that she is known for. But there is one factor that remains constant: the people listen. A TATB song blends happiness with serious issues such as adult commitment, intimacy, and racism among others.
illustration by our favorite graphic designer Laniebird Designs
Their passion has not gone unnoticed. They recently won the NPR Tiny Desk competition where they beat out over 6,000 other bands to perform at NPR’s head office in Washington D.C. After recording they’ll head back home to New Orleans to play a string of shows throughout Louisiana to prepare for festival season where they will be playing for free at French Quarter Festival on Saturday, April 8th.
If there were ever a time to start listening to new music and expand your horizons, now would be the time. New Orleans is exploding with new music and it seems like artists such as Tank and The Bangas are at the forefront of it all.