1st March | SWX
To simply label Tank and the Bangas as a jazz band would be reductive. After winning NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest for their song ‘Quick’, they went full circle and embraced all the quirks that make them so great, bringing in a new era where they indulge in hip-hop, pop, funk and jazz all at once.
Forming in 2011, the band met at an open mic show in New Orleans. Two years on, they released their debut album Thinktank, led by the one-woman powerhouse and former slam poet, Tarriona ‘Tank’ Ball, who lends her eclectic voice to various exaggerated characters across the record.
The group have gathered praise from various online music sites, with Village Voice describing Tank’s vocal as “strong and versatile” and led NPR to compliment their live performance of ‘Quick’ in their All Songs Considered show saying “It all felt so organic and on the spot.”
Such is the magic of Tank and the Bangas. While ‘Quick’ frazzles like a bolt of funky electricity, the light jerky bop of ‘Spaceships’ puts you at ease, and makes you want to dance at the same time. The unpredictability and undeniable energy of the Louisiana collective is what makes them exciting. If you want to see what their next move is, get down to their SWX gig and see what all the fuss is about.
See the video for ‘Spaceships’ here: