New Orleands funk collective Tank and the Bangas are set to release their third studio album, Red Balloon, on May 13 via Verve Forecast. They have already launched a North American tour that will bring them to 9:30 Club on Monday, March 21.
Recently, Tank and the Bangas are premiering two new songs — “Stolen Fruit” and “Black Folk” featuring Alex Isley & Masego — alongside accompanying videos.
Of the new music, frontwoman and lead vocalist Tarriona “Tank” Ball says, “‘Stolen Fruit’ is basically about the slave trade. There’s ‘Strange Fruit,’ and I call this one ‘Stolen Fruit,’ because not only were the fruit strange, but they were also stolen. They weren’t from here.”
Watch the official music video for “Stolen Fruit” by Tank and the Bangas on YouTube:
Red Balloon was born out of a pandemic-ordered break from the band’s rigorous touring schedule. The hiatus gave the band 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.
Predominantly produced by Tank and the Bangas, the 16-track album was recorded at Bangaville Studios in New Orleans and Revival Studios in Los Angeles. Red Balloon also includes contributions from Questlove, Lalah Hathaway, Big Freedia, Jacob Collier, Trombone Shorty, Jamison Ross, The Hamiltones, Georgia Anne Muldrow, and Wayne Brady.
In addition, the band have embarked on an extensive run of 2022 tour dates with Big Freedia, Trombone Shorty, and Cory Henry. Catch them at 9:30 Club on March 21 with Cory Henry!
Tank and the Bangas
w/ Cory Henry
Monday, March 21
Doors @ 6:30pmm