Tank and the Bangas announce new album, Green Balloon, share lush single “Ants”: Stream

Plus, new tour dates from the New Orleans five-piece

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Tank and the Bangas

On May 3rd, Tank and the Bangas will drop their sophomore album, Green Balloon, via Verve Forecast. In anticipation, the New Orleans five-piece have released the first single, “Ants”, and its hand-drawn music video.

The ensemble led by charismatic singer and rapper Tarriona “Tank” Ball rose to fame after entering NPR’s Tiny Desk Contest in 2017. The group’s eclectic and energetic fusion of R&B, hip-hop, and spoken-word poetry captivated audiences, with their theatric submission of the percussive song “Quick” ultimately winning the competition. Green Balloon marks their first full-length effort since that viral success two years ago, following up their 2013 debut album, Think Tank. Well-known producers such as Jack Splash, Mark Batson, Zaytoven, Louie Lastic, and Robert Glasper (who also features on a few tracks) were all tapped to help create the 17-track LP.

As Tank explained in a statement, “Green Balloon is a sister to Think TankThink Tank was 12, and Green Balloon is 16 and having sex. She’s out there.” She elaborated further on the thought process behind album:

“Everything we’re influenced by we don’t have a problem putting on a record because we don’t feel like we’re stuck in one lane… When we’re creating, we are creating. We never say: That sounded too blues-y, that sounded too country, that’s too hip-hop. It’s just that’s what this feels like, so let’s push that feeling to its completion, make it feel good.”

The new song, “Ants”, showcases the Bangas’ genre-melding sound. Opening with Tank’s soulful vocals over minimalist bell chime, the tune quickly shifts into a stream-of-consciousness flow. From there, it expands into a wild ride through slinky backing beats, bright gospel-inspired harmonies, and lush soundscapes. Appropriately, the release has been partnered with a similarly off-the-walls music video, with an artist illustrating by hand the rapid-fire lyrics.

Watch for yourself below.

Pre-orders for the new LP are going on here. The cover art and tracklist are below.

Green Balloon Artwork:

Green Balloon Tank and the Bangas New Album Ants Release Artwork Cover

Green Balloon Tracklist:
01. Colors Introduction
02. Spaceships
03. Dope Girl Magic
04. Ants
05. Hot Air Balloons (feat. Alex Isley)
06. Forgetfulness
07. Get Up Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)
08. Too High Prelude
09. I Don’t Get High
10. Happy Town (feat. Pell)
11. Nice Things
12. Smoke.Netflix.Chill.
13. Floating Interlude
14. Mr. Lion
15. In London Interlude (feat. Robert Glasper)
16. Lazy Daze (feat. Robert Glasper)
17. Colors Change

To promote Green Balloons, Tank and the Bangas will hit the road in the next few months, interspersing headlining shows with a number of summer festival appearances. See the full itinerary below, and get tickets here.

Tank and the Bangas Tour Dates:
03/08 – Tallahassee, FL @ The Wilbury
03/09 – Tampa, FL @ Gasparilla Music Festival
03/10 – St. Augustine, FL @ St. Augustine Amphitheatre
03/12 – Charleston, SC @ The Charleston Pour House
03/13 – Charlotte, NC @ Neighborhood Theatre
03/14 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel
03/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Buckhead Theatre
03/16 – Memphis, TN @ Minglewood Hall at 1884 Lounge
04/03 – Roanoke, VA @ Elmwood Park Amphitheater
04/15 – Indianapolis, IN @ Deluxe at Old National Centre
04/17 – St. Louis, MO @ Delmar Hall
04/18 – Lexington, KY @ Manchester Music Hall
04/19 – Birmingham, AL @ Iron City
04/20 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
04/23 – Oklahoma City, OK @ Tower Theatre
04/25 – San Antonio, TX @ Paper Tiger
04/27-28 – Forth Worth, TX @ Fortress Festival
04/27 – Shreveport, LA @ Strage Brew
04/04 – New Orleans, LA @ New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
05/17-05/19 – Knoxville, TN @ Rhythm N’ Blooms Music Festival
05/24 – Boston, MA @ Boston Calling
06/05 – Ithaca, NY @ State Theatre of Ithaca
06/07 – Portland, ME @ Thompson’s Point
06/16 – Buffalo, NY @ Albright Knox Art Gallery
06/22 – Dover, DE @ Firefly Music Festival
07/10-14 – Dour, BE @ Dour Festival
07/12-14 – Rotterdam, NL @ North Sea Jazz Festival