The New Or­leans five-piece de­liver an in­fec­tiously uplift­ing and ex­u­ber­ant kalei­do­scope of spo­ken word, soul and R&B

The Irish Times - Friday - The Ticket - - THE TAKE CRITICS’ CHOICE - NIALLBYRNE


Uplift­ing soul mu­sic.


New Or­leans, Louisiana.


With live mu­sic the only re­main­ing source of re­li­able in­come for mu­si­cians in th­ese trou­bling times, the in­flu­ence of the Amer­i­can pub­lic ra­dio com­pany NPR’s Tiny Desk Con­certs se­ries, where artists per­form stripped-back and cramped sets be­hind the desks in the ra­dio sta­tion staff’s of­fices has be­come out­sized.A great live per­for­mance on the video se­ries from an emerg­ing artist can make or break a band. So be­ing cho­sen as the win­ner of the Tiny Desk Con­cert Con­test of 2017 was no mean feat for New Or­leans band Tank and the Bangas, es­pe­cially when con­sid­er­ing 6,000 oth­ers also ap­plied.

The band’s sub­se­quent per­for­mance on the show firmly dragged the band from ob­scu­rity to world­wide fes­ti­val bill ro­ta­tion. Ar­riv­ing at a time when a young au­di­ence is con­sum­ing jazz like never be­fore, the play­ful and ex­u­ber­ant kalei­do­scope of spo­ken word, soul and R&B is an in­fec­tiously uplift­ing ex­pe­ri­ence, draw­ing on gospel, funk and rap and school­yard chants, in­formed by fore­bears Jill Scott and Erykah Badu.

With much of the in­ter­net con­sumed by ugly rhetoric, any­thing that coun­ter­acts that, up­lifts and prompts cry­ing at desks in work (read the com­ments) is to be cel­e­brated. The best part? You can see their en­ergy in the flesh next year at The Sugar Club in Dublin on March 2nd. Be quick.

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