Best New Artist Grammy nominee Tank and The Bangas’ new album Red Balloon is out now via Verve Forecast.
Predominantly produced by Tank and the Bangas, the 16-track album includes contributions from Alex Isley, Masego, Lalah Hathaway, Jacob Collier, Questlove, Big Freedia, Trombone Shorty, Jamison Ross, The Hamiltones, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Wayne Brady. Additionally, the band released a video for “Communion In My Cup.”
The new music continues to receive critical praise, with Gambit saying, “The album blurs pop, soul, gospel, spoken word, hip-hop, bounce and more in a natural blend of inspirations. In her remarkable, elastic voice, Ball sings and raps and observes a range of emotional topics—social justice, love, heartbreak, anxiety, pleasure.” NPR adds, “The range of Tank and the band is just simply wonderful. They deserve all the accolades and more for this release.”
Red Balloon was born out of a pandemic-ordered break from the band’s rigorous touring schedule. The hiatus gave the group space to breathe and double down on who they are as artists, allowing them to reunite as a more unified group. The new work has evolved and pushes the band to a new level, shedding light on their unique observations and songwriting reflecting on the ills of America while also celebrating the beauty of Black life.
The band is set to continue their extensive run of dates with Big Freedia and Trombone Shorty. The tour includes performances at Los Angeles’ Hollywood Bowl, New York’s Central Park Summerstage, Denver’s Red Rocks Amphitheatre, DC’s 9:30 Club, and more. Further 2022 dates will be announced soon.
New Orleans-based Tank and the Bangas rose to prominence in 2017 following their unanimous NPR Music Tiny Desk Contest victory. In 2019, the band released their major label debut, Green Balloon, on Verve Forecast to widespread critical praise. Last year, Tank and The Bangas released their EP Friend Goals, featuring CHIKA, Duckwrth, and PJ Morton.