While the term 'magical' is often cliché and overused, describing Tank and the Bangas as such is completely accurate. Whether you were introduced to the New Orleans fusion band in 2017 via NPR's Tiny Desk Contest, or in 2019 with their major label debut Green Balloon, this much is immediately clear and consistently true about the band: their energy is infectious.
On third album Red Balloon, that continues to be true. Here, the group effortlessly combine funk, jazz, hip-hop, R&B and spoken word to tell sometimes whimsical, but more often thoughtful and introspective stories.
"Minimalism" is not a word typically associated with New Orleans. Just the city's name evokes color and heat, brassy music playing from every street corner. From music to food to funerals, New Orleans does it big. So it's no surprise that when a NOLA-bred group breaks into public consciousness, they go all in.