Tank and the Bangas
Friend Goals

The founding members of the band (Tarriona “Tank” Ball, Norman Spence and Joshua Johnson) met at an open mic night in New Orleans in 2011 called Liberation Lounge. Tank had wanted Josh to write out songs she’d already written for a poetry album. Eventually they met Albert Allenback. A family of musical lifers, none of them ever thought twice about quitting through years and years of grinding it out on local live circuits. That time gave them the best foundation for their onstage chemistry and dexterity. As a result they’ve been heralded the best live band in America and for good reason.

It was the NPR contest that turned their world upside down. “We weren’t expecting to win or not to win. We did something we thought was really cool and we thought everybody would vibe with it, but we didn’t know it would change our lives. It was our moment. They picked us unanimously,” Tank notes. The band went from traveling to the likes of Chicago to play to three or four people, to touring all over the world, and getting to enjoy downtime at home in New Orleans. Since 2017, the group has toured non-stop, selling out venues both stateside and abroad including festival appearances at Coachella, Bonnaroo, Newport Jazz Festival and more.

Amidst their rigorous touring schedule the band signed a record deal with VERVE Forecast and subsequently released their major label debut, Green Balloon. The release marked their first full-length since Think Tank in 2013. The group was included on Rolling Stone’s list of the “10 Artists You Need To Know,” calling them, “A secular church experience, with freewheeling improvisational chops and positive vibes,” while lead-singer and frontwoman Tank was featured in the September, 2019 issue of Vogue and the November, 2019 issue of Essence.

Despite their newfound global success and a "Best New Artist" nomination at the 62nd Annual Grammy Awards, Tank and The Bangas remain a New Orleans band at heart. New Orleans is a lawless place for creatives - there are no rules. There might be an idea of the typical Frenchmen St jazz band but to couch this band’s work in that notion is to do both them and NOLA a grand disservice. ”You don’t need to do a certain type of music to be connected to New Orleans,” says Tank. “It’s in the culture, it’s in the people, it’s in the fact that we can all find so many common things in the streets.” New Orleans champions its own, which allowed Tank and The Bangas to grow their fanbase by word of mouth and community. “That’s more New Orleans than anything I’ve ever heard. The music in New Orleans isn’t technical, it’s not a bunch of fancy ass notes. It’s felt and it’s very passionate. It’s real. That’s what people get to take home.”

Tank and The Bangas released their latest EP Friend Goals on November 20th via Verve Forecast.

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