Sweet Crude and Tank and The Bangas @ Basement East in Nashville, TN

Review & Photography by: Laurel Williams

I love listening to podcasts while I drive. One summer day, I put on NPR’s Tiny Desk Concerts to keep me going on a long trip through the desert. A few episodes in, I heard Tank and the Bangas for the first time. I immediately perked up when I heard a punchy flute line break through the silence. A few seconds into Boxes and Squares, I remember thinking to myself, “What IS this?” and I was immediately enamored. So its fair to say- I have listened to Tank and the Bangas’ Tiny Desk an absurd amount of times, and I was thrilled to see their show announced (and sold out) in Nashville.

Last Thursday, they played at the Basement East, a midsize bar and one of my favorite venues in town. Their fellow New Orleans natives Sweet Crude opened the show. They were bursting with energy- jumping, dancing, and switching instruments every couple of songs. With their equally theatrical and whimsical stage presence, Sweet Crude took the crowd along for a ride. The shouts of “Sing it, girl!” and “ I FEEL her!” grew more and more numerous as their set progressed. Tank and the Bangas rode this rising energy as they started their set. I felt the floor shake from the crowd’s dancing, and the whole room heated up. The songs featured on their Tiny Desk Concert were crowd favorites- greeted with screams at each recognizable intro. Their new single Smoke.Netflix.Chill also had most of the crowd singing along. The best words I can think of to capture the experience are overwhelming joy- the constant dancing and exuberant energy made the night feel almost magical.

Tank and the Bangas:

https://www.facebook.com/TankAndTheBangas/       New Single: Smoke.Netflix.Chill

Sweet Crude:

https://www.facebook.com/SweetCrudeBand/

 

 

Written by Veracious Magazine

Veracious is a quarterly online and print music magazine based out of San Francisco, California in the United States of America. This publication has a team over thirty-five members in six different countries right now giving you the latest information of festivals, bands, tours, and an inside scoop of behind the scenes crew to make your favorite artists shine onstage.

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