New Orleans five-piece Tank and The Bangas have released the perfect new song for 4/20, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill.”
Led by frontwoman Tarriona “Tank” Ball’s smooth lead vocals, “Smoke.Netflix.Chill.” showcases the group’s unique take on hip-hop, jazz, funk, soul and R&B with poetic lyrics for modern-day listeners. Ball talked to NPR Music about the lyrical inspiration behind their joyous, genre-defying new song:
I wanted to tell this story from a girl’s perspective—a girl that actually wants to chill, instead of the guy pushing for it. I wanted to see where that could go. I’ve never written so many verses to one song! But it was so worth it to see the story in my head actually come to life.
The group released their debut album in 2013 to critical acclaim and their new single is their first major-label release for U.S. label Verve Forecast.
Tank and The Bangas are also set to release an exclusive Record Store Day live vinyl LP, Live Vibes, pressed on yellow vinyl and out on April 21. The album was recorded live at Gasa Gasa in New Orleans in 2017 and it comes packaged in a die-cut jacket with a very special custom color print found in the jacket’s interior.
Fresh off their performances at SXSW and the first weekend of Coachella, the band will continue touring with an extensive run of North American dates. The shows include stops at Los Angeles’ Fonda Theatre, New Orleans’ Tipitinas, San Francisco’s The Fillmore, Nashville’s The Basement East and Denver’s historic Red Rocks Amphitheatre. The band will also perform at several festivals like Newport Folk, Jazz Fest, Hangout, Bottlerock and more.
Listen to “Smoke.Netflix.Chill.” and watch a Paste Studio session from the band last year below. Check out their upcoming tour dates further down.
Tank and The Bangas Tour Dates:
20 – Indio, Calif. @ Coachella
21 – North Charleston, S.C. @ Riverfront Park
22 – Charleston, S.C. @ High Water Festival
27 – New Orleans, La. @ Tipitinas
28 – Oxford, Miss. @ Double Decker Arts Festival
03 – New Orleans, La. @ House Of Blues
04 – New Orleans, La. @ The Civic Theatre
06 – Memphis, Tenn. @ Beale Street Music Festival
09 – Louisville, Ky. @ Headliners Music Hall
11 – Richmond, Va. @ Brown’s Island
12 – Saxapahaw, N.C. @ New River Ballroom
13 – Asheville, N.C. @ The Grey Eagle
15 – Charlotte, N.C. @ Visulite Theatre
16 – Knoxville, Tenn. @ U.S. Cellular Stage at the Bijou Theatre
17 – Nashville, Tenn. @ The Basement East
18 – Atlanta, Ga. @ Terminal West
19 – Gulf Shores, Ala. @ Hangout Music Festival
24 – San Francisco, Calif. @ The Fillmore
25 – Napa, Calif. @ BottleRock Napa Valley
27 – George, Wash. @ Sasquatch! Festival
15 – Bergen, Norway @ Bergenhus Festning
29 – Ewijk, Netherlands @ De Groene Heuvels
07 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Pumpehuset
27 – Camden, N.J. @ XPoNential Music Festival
28 – Newport, R.I. @ Newport Folk Festival
22 – Denver, Colo. @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
18 – Washington, D.C. @ 9:30 Club