New Kids on the Block had a bunch of hits in the ’80s…and are largely responsible for the great Boy Band Boom, one that has dominated the music industry for over 30 years.
The ’90s was the golden era for the genre, churning out pop groups like *NSYNC, Backstreet Boys and 98 Degrees, as well as a musically-inclined trio of brothers, Hanson. (Guarantee “MMMBop” will be stuck in your head for the rest of the day, you’re welcome.) And years later, another trio of brothers—the Jonas Brothers ushered in another wave of boy bands, this time with a Disney seal of approval.
In recent years, One Direction dominated the airwaves, with boy bands like 5 Seconds to Summer, The Wanted and Big Time Rush (whose Nickelodeon TV series debuted 10 years go). And right now, BTS is arguably the most popular band in the world, proving questionable fashion trends may come and go, but boy bands are eternal.
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It’s Hanson for the holidays!
For plenty of people, Hanson will always be the fresh-faced kids who sang the goofy pop hit “MMMBop” in 1997. If you’ve never heard any Hanson songs aside from that catchy (albeit fairly nonsensical) chart-topper, you might be surprised at the group’s talent and range. “MMMBop” was released when the Hanson brothers (Isaac, Taylor and Zac) were all under 18, and it reflected a kind of childish exuberance. But even at those young ages, the Hansons were clearly accomplished pop songwriters, and they’ve honed those skills in the years since.
The trio had more hits, including “Where’s the Love,” “This Time Around” and “If Only,” but since 2003 the group has released its albums independently, allowing the Hanson brothers the chance to explore creative impulses. Hanson’s later music is still catchy and energetic, but also deeply engaged with classic rock and soul, showcasing the band members’ musical chops. In the tour announcement, Zac Hanson describes the current Wintry Mix tour as “a collision of worlds with Christmas classics and a taste of brand new music,” the perfect way to show off Hanson’s enduring musical proficiency and depth.
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2017 was a milestone year for Hanson. The Tulsa pop-rock trio celebrated its 25th anniversary with the Middle of Everywhere Tour, which brought 90s nostalgia to Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North and South America. The following year, the three brothers – Isaac, Taylor, and Zac – teamed with the Prague Symphony and renowned composer David Campbell, father of another famous Hansen, Beck. Together, they created String Theory, the band’s most ambitious musical work yet. The double-album consisted of originals and reimagined Hanson songs and took the brothers to amphitheatres, concert halls, and opera houses, where they performed alongside local symphonies.
“It was probably the closest thing to a musical you can do as a band,” Isaac tells Vancouver Weekly over the phone from Hanson’s studio in Tulsa. “There’s a narrative of songs working its way through a chronological story of a kid chasing his dream and the ups and the downs that come along with it.”
There in the studio, Hanson have been busy working on their seventh album, due next year. They have also been rehearsing for their Wintry Mix Tour, on which they will perform originals as well as their favourite Christmas classics. The tour kicks off at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver this Saturday, November 30.
Since String Theory, Hanson have been thinking more about storytelling.
“That’s what String Theory lends itself towards more than anything, is pointing out the value of a narrative and a story.” The challenge, Isaac explains, is finding ways to ensure the brushstrokes and colours are bold enough to accurately portray that story.
Writing and performing with symphonies has also inspired him to learn the cello in earnest. He had dabbled in it before, on “Better Days,” a track from last May’s fan-club only In Real Life EP.
“It has been a beast to really get my head around how to not just play a note or play a melody but play it well, play it expressively, and play it, frankly, in tune,” he says with humility. “One of the greatest challenges that you have playing cello in a band is that cello is not a tempered tuning instrument. It doesn’t have frets. So that alone creates so many variables.”
Isaac speculates that his cello-playing could appear on the new album, but will he delight fans with it live on the Wintry Mix Tour? It’s doubtful. He has performed cello live only once, on the title-track from their 2004 album, Underneath.
“It was a unique and challenging experience, and I look forward to it in the future, but I’ll only do it if I feel like I can do it well,” the 39-year-old musician says. “My goal is that by the time I hit 40, I will feel really comfortable as a cello player…. It is a truly complex instrument… It is truly a whole other discipline altogether.”
Along with Isaac’s individual goal, Hanson have been thinking about their collective goals. Despite their 27 years, there is still much more that Hanson want to do. To avoid speaking prematurely, Isaac is vague about the band’s bucket list. But he assures Vancouver Weekly that Hanson are definitely checking off items with the new album.
“Some of the things are related to where we work and, shall we say, setting the tone for yourself and going, ‘Oh, this is a place I’ve always wanted to go.’ Some of that doesn’t necessarily, from the listener side, immediately affect the outcome, but I think it does in the long-run because your psychology as the artist, as a singer, as a songwriter, is affected in a variety of subtle and potentially significant ways. Some of that is already forming itself, and I’m really excited about, and I’m excited to share that as we get into next year.”
Fans will have to wait for more details about the new album, and those in Vancouver will hear for themselves what Hanson’s favourite Christmas songs are on November 30. But as for what Christmas is like with the Hanson family?
“It’s really loud,” Isaac says with a hearty, boisterous laugh, illustrating his point. “We are a very chatty bunch of people. Imagine a Greek or Italian family Christmas. It’s just we’re Danish instead…. It’s a wild bunch of people.”
And they are a big bunch: Isaac, Taylor, and Zac alone have 13 children between them.
“Each family’s individual house is not equipped to handle that scale of human bodies,” Isaac says. Thus, instead of giving gifts, the Hansons spend their Christmas in a rented cabin playing games and watching movies.
Speaking of more Hansons than a household can handle, the Wintry Mix Tour will also be special because it will feature fourth Hanson brother Joshua, aka Mac, and his band, Joshua & the Holy Rollers. At 25 years old, he is the youngest of the four brothers, nine years Zac’s junior.
A filmmaker by trade, Mac’s songwriting hobby bloomed into a full passion over the past few years. After sending song ideas to Isaac, the eldest Hanson brother offered to record and produce Mac’s first EP, 2018’s Tribulations. (Isaac discloses that they have another EP in the can.) But Mac hasn’t just followed in his brothers’ footsteps: Joshua & the Holy Rollers throw bluesy, hard-rocking, country haymakers.
“Mac is a very talented guy. He always has been, and he’s extremely jovial and funny,” Isaac says glowingly. “He’s a hell of a showman. I think people will really enjoy the music and enjoy his stage presence.”
The Wintry Mix Tour will mark the first time Joshua & the Holy Rollers will have played with Hanson outside of the annual Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival, which the trio founded in Tulsa in 2014.
“It’s really kind of like a friend-and-family tour because one of our closest friends and one of our favourite artists, Paul McDonald, is coming out as well. So it’ll be a regular ol’ party. There will be a lot of good vibes onstage with this tour for sure.”
Along with Hop Jam, Hanson have operated their own craft brewery, the Hanson Brothers Beer Company, since 2013. Luckily for them, they’re coming to a city that’s spoiled for craft beer. Asked if he has tasted any craft beers from Vancouver, Isaac says, “It’s been a while since I’ve been back through BC,… I don’t have any particular Vancouver or BC breweries that I can think of offhand.” But he looks forward to sampling some local brews while he’s in town. “My brother Taylor is really the true beer nerd, so he will probably have a list for me if I asked him.”
Isaac is the band member that is a fan of surprises.
What is each of the guys favorite biscuits?
The ’90s revival sees no sign of weakening as the latest edition of the ’90s Festival continued to attract a large crowd, mostly middle-aged Jakartans, to the Gambir Expo in Kemayoran, North Jakarta, on Saturday.
At the festival’s community market, they gobbled up classic ’90s memorabilia such as Tamiya Mini 4WD racing kits, Gundam toy robots, classic Nokia cellphones, analog cameras (came with expired but perfectly usable film rolls), VHS or Betamax video cassettes and Nintendo and Sega video game consoles. Are you a Super Mario or a Sonic the Hedgehog fan?
The festival also featured bands that used to be regulars on the Indonesian MTV Ampuh playlist: from locals Godbless, Potret, Wong, Element, Jamrud, Naif and Kla Project to international ’90s sensations Aqua and Hanson.
Isaac, Zac and Taylor from Hanson sing ‘Penny and Me.’ (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)Isaac Hanson in action. (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Taylor Hanson sings the band’s most famous hit from 1997, ‘MMMBop.’ (JG Photo/Yudha Baskoro)
Hanson reveal they‘ve got 13 CHILDREN between them as viewers go WILD for the handsome brothers 22 years after the release of MMMbop
They burst onto the music scene 22 years ago, with their iconic hit single, MMMbop and their long blond hair was just as famous as their vocals.
And when pop band Hanson appeared on Lorraine on Monday, the three brothers, who are now in their 30s, revealed they have 13 children between them.
They said: ‘We have 13 children – we all three have ten-year-old sons. All the kids get on as we spend a lot of time together touring and in the studio.‘
Eldest brother, Isaac is now 38 – he was the last of the musical trio to wed. He married Nicole in a Tulsa, Oklahoma, ceremony in 2006.
They have three children; Nina Odette, 4, son James Monroe 9, and son Clarke Everett, 11.
35-year-old Taylor was the first band member to marry in 2002.
He and his wife Natalie have six children; Jordan Ezra, 15, Penelope Anne, 13, River Samuel, 12, Viggo Moriah, 9, and Wilhelmina Jane and two month old Claude Indiana Emmanuel
Youngest brother, Zac, 33, and wife Kate, have four children. They welcomed John Ira Shepherd, in 2008. Shepherd goes by his middle name.
They are also proud parents to Junia Rosa Ruth, seven , followed by son George Abraham Walker, now 4 and 18-month-old Mary Lucille Diana, who goes by the name of Lucille.
Viewers of the show went wild for Isaac, Taylor and Zac‘s handsome appearance.
They took to Twitter and wrote: ‘Um hello when did Hanson become so hot?! #Lorraine.‘
‘Blimey look at #Hanson‘ and ‘Holy cr** Hanson got HOT #Lorraine.‘
Isaac was 11, Taylor was nine and Zac was just six when they created their band in 1992 and just five years later, they released MMMBop.
The men are currently promoting a new album, called String Theory and are currently touring the UK with a live symphony orchestra.
Zac said people had doubts about the longevity of their career when they first started out.
He said: ‘When we started out people would say to us,‘”What are you going to do in 10 years?” And we‘d say,”Music”.‘
But music is not the boys‘ only business venture – they have also produced a beer called MMMHops.
Tribunnews [Translated using Google Translate]
Hanson Brothers Invite Audience Nostalgic Through ‘MMMBop’ Song at The 90’s Festival
MMMBop song was sung at the end of the performance.
While on stage, they had brought Waiting For This, and Zac had greeted the audience.
“It’s good to be back here,” he said.
A series of songs that were famous in the 90s began to be brought back, namely Where’s the Love, Thinking ‘Bout Somethin’ ‘, And I Waited and This Time Around.
After bringing the acoustic version of Madelin and Weird, the vocalist Taylor Hanson also recalled when they were on tour to introduce the album.
“The last time we came we introduced the album, I think this song makes our music seem more audible,” he said.
After Penny and Me, I Was Born, Get the Girl Back and A Minute without You MMMBop hits song was sung.
This song is what makes the three personnel, Zac Hanson, Isaac and Taylor skyrocketed.
They also closed their appearance with If Only and In The City.