Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson are household names in Australia and it’s no surprise – in 1997 one in ten Australian households owned a copy of the band’s smash album Middle Of Nowhere and the nation’s airwaves, hearts and minds resonated to the infectious sound of the band’s smash hit MMMBop. Now, after a 7-year absence, HANSON are back with a brand new album and tour that is sure to capture the attention and imagination of a nation that has always embraced the band as their own.
HANSON have been making music together for two decades. Fifteen years ago, their out-of-the-blue, soul-inspired brand of American pop-rock‘n’roll was introduced to the world. Unaffected by charts or fads, they’ve spent more than a decade building a community of fans connected to one another and fuelled by the energy and craftsmanship of three brothers and their music, earning praise for their songwriting, musicianship and dynamic live performances, with New York‘s Village Voice calling them the “Finest Straight-Up Rock Band In America.”
On their fifth studio album, Shout It Out, to be released in Australia later this summer, they deliver a powerful group of soulful, melodic tunes that will leave you with a contagious sense of optimism for the future and welcomed reminiscence for American rock ‘n’ roll. Shout It Out is a collection of finely crafted, R&B-flavored pop-rock, a homage to the music that inspired HANSON when they started out. The album produced and written exclusively by the band is augmented with special guests: Funk Brothers bassist Bob Babbitt, who played on some of Motown’s greatest hits, and horn arranger Jerry Hey, who worked with Michael Jackson, Quincy Jones, Earth, Wind and Fire and many more.
HANSON emotes such fresh energy on the new album that it’s easy to forget that this band has been around the block a few times. Multiple Grammy nominations (drummer Zac is the youngest nominated songwriter in history), years of headline shows everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Hollywood Bowl and world-records for the loudest concert audience in history.
The Shout It Out World Tour will feature tracks from their acclaimed 5th studio album, as well as highlights from their previous four albums which includes many hit singles around the world, and featuring the infectious soul-inspired debut single Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’. The current tour builds on the band’s reputation as a dynamic live act, with acclaim around the world. New York’s The Village Voice called them “The finest straight up rock band in America”, whilst the UK’s Sunday Times described their sound as “As perfect a slice of summer pop as you could hope to hear”.
Shout It Out Australian Tour 2012
Fanclub presale: Thursday 5 April @ 9:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time
On sale: Thursday 12 April @ 9:00am Australian Eastern Standard Time
Thursday 13 September HQ, Adelaide
Friday 14 September Palace Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 15 September HiFi, Sydney
Thursday 20 September HiFi, Brisbane
Friday 21 September Coolangatta Hotel, Gold Coast
Saturday 22 September Metropolis, Fremantle