March 7, 2018 (New York, NY) –Breakout New Orleans-based five-piece Tank and The Bangas are signing a record deal with Verve Forecast. Of the signing, president and CEO Danny Bennett says, “You only have to experience Tank and the Bangas perform live to understand why they are exploding on the music scene worldwide and why they are on everyone’s short list of artists to watch. Their artistry makes it crystal clear what the future of music has in store and embodies everything that the Verve Label Group hopes to achieve. We are honored and proud that they are part of our family.”
Verve Forecast& is the home for eclectic and non-jazz facing artists on the Verve Label Group (Universal Music Group) roster.&#a0;Initially created in 1964 as Verve Folkways, Forecast has been the home to artists as legendary and varied as Tim Hardin, Richie Havens, John Lee Hooker, Elvis Costello, Susan Tedeschi and now Tank and the Bangas and Yuna, among others.
Additionally, the band will release Live Vibes an exclusive Record Store Day limited edition record pressed on yellow vinylߞon Saturday, April 21. Recorded live at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans in 2017, the recording makes fans feel like they are in the front row of one of the best live shows around. Live Vibes comes packaged in a die cut jacket and features a very special custom color print found in the interior of the jacket.
The band will take their lauded live show on the road this spring, confirming an extensive run of North American dates. The shows include stops at Los Angelesߣ Fonda Theatre, New Orleans Tipitinas, San Francisco‘s The Fillmore, Nashville’s The Basement East and Denverߣs historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre as well as festival appearances at Coachella, SXSW, Newport Folk, Hangout, BottleRock and more. See below for complete tour details. Additionally, they are currently touring in Australia and will tour Europe this summer.
Tank and the Bangas unanimously won NPR’s Tiny Desk contest with Quick, a riotous single they released in 2017, which Bob Boilen proclaimed, Éc;This band combines R&B with hip-hopߣs poetry and rollercoaster storytelling, with a flair and alchemy that could only come from New Orleans.Éd; Thereߣs more new music to come as the group works on the follow-up to their debut album, Think Tank.
The band’s ongoing evolution involves more than just musicߞlead vocalist and songwriter Tarriona Tank Ball continues to grow and develop as a performer and writer. Even back in the open-mic days, she was a force of nature. I donߣt know if thereߣs such a thing as too free, but it was totally uninhibited. She was inspired,Éd; Norman Spence (synth keys, bass) says, laughing at the memory. More recently, Ball has become less of a dervish onstage I was running around so much I didn’t have time to sing at all, she say while finding new ways of expressing herself as a writer.
The band have performed with acts such as Lianne La Havas, PJ Morton, Galactic, Big Freedia, The Revivalists, Lyfe Jennings and The Soul Rebels while making major festival appearances at Bonnaroo, Austin City Limits, Jazz Fest, Pickathon, Hullabaloo and more.
Tank and The Bangas are Ball, Spence, Merell Burkett (keyboards), Joshua Johnson (drums) and Albert Allenback (alto saxophone, flute).
LIVE VIBES TRACKLIST
1. Not Mr. Rodgahߣs Neighborhood (1:12)
2. Quick (8:11)
3. X’s (5:04)
4. Ripperton Love (7:21)&
5. Boxes and Squares (7:41)
6. Twice (All Wayz) (8:33)
TANK AND THE BANGAS LIVE
March 7ߞSydney, AustraliaߞOxford Art Factory
March 8ߞ Adelaide, AustraliaߞWOMADelaide
March 11ߞAuckland, New ZealandߞFestival Playground Music Arena
March 15ߞAustin, TXߞThe Gatsby
March 16ߞAustin, TXߞHotel San Jose
April 5ߞHouston, TXߞWhite Oak Music Hall
April 6ߞDallas, TXߞClub Dada
April 7ߞAustin, TXߞTHE SCOOT INN
April 10ߞSanta Fe, NMߞSanta Fe Brewing Co.
April 11ߞTucson, AZߞ191 toole
April 12 & 13ߞIndio, CAߞCoachella
April 17ߞSolana Beach, CAߞBelly Up Tavern
April 18ߞLos Angeles, CAߞFonda Theatre
April 20ߞIndio, CAߞCoachella
April 21ߞCharleston, SCߞHigh Water Festival
April 27ߞNew Orleans, LAߞTipitinas
April 28ߞOxford, MSߞDouble Decker Arts Festival
May 4ߞNew Orleans, LAߞThe Civic Theatre
May 6ߞMemphis, TNߞBeale Street Music Festival
May 9ߞLouisville, KYߞHeadliners Music Hall
May 11ߞRichmond, VAߞBrownߣs Island
May 12ߞSaxapahaw, NCߞNew River Ballroom
May 13ߞAsheville, NCߞThe Grey Eagle
May 15ߞCharlotte, NCߞVisulite Theatre
May 16ߞKnoxville, TNߞU.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre
May 17ߞNashville, TNߞThe Basement East
May 18ߞAtlanta, GAߞTerminal West
May 19ߞGulf Shores, ALߞHangout Music Festival
May 24ߞSan Francisco, CAߞThe Fillmore
May 25ߞNapa, CAߞBottleRock Napa Valley
May 27ߞGeorge, WAߞSasquatch! Festival
June 15ߞBergen, NorwayߞBergenhus Festning
June 29ߞEwijk, NetherlandsߞDe Groene Heuvels
July 7ߞCopenhagen, DenmarkߞPumpehuset
July 28ߞNewport, RIߞNewport Folk Festival
August 22ߞDenver, COߞRed Rocks Amphitheatre