Tank & the Bangas Barge into the Teragram: Genre-defying band Tank & the Bangas have just dropped new single “DM Pretty,” of which singer Tank Ball says, “I wrote ‘DM Pretty’ so that women could know that they are beautiful, dope, sexy, smart and obviously pretty. I also love when people really listen to the poem in its entirety to see why he’s sliding into her DM’s.” They’re keeping it real, then. McKinley Dixon also performs.
Speaking to this writer in 2019, singer Tarriona Ball said, “We started in 2011 at an open mic night in New Orleans. It wasn’t every member that’s on the stage presently today, but we started at an open mic called Black Star Books and Caffe. We were just jamming out every week, and then we just wanted to know if we could take it on the road, if it was something that was contagious, if it wasn’t just something that only felt good in New Orleans. So we decided pretty early that we wanted to travel the world with our music, and that’s what we did.”
She later said of the sound, “I just don’t put it into genre, because you know what? It does its thing. I think it’s dynamic and big. It can be folk and melodic––folky, rock, hip-hop. It literally goes through all those phases. It’s like me, like a person. You’re not the same person you were when you were 12. You grow, you change––that’s exactly what the music does. It has a spirit of its own, because we’re all contributing to it. So I just think it’s pretty dynamic and beautiful. And big.”
Hear it for yourself at the Teragram.
Tank & the Bangas Barge into the Teragram: The event takes place at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, March 15 at the Teragram Ballroom.
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