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Hanson at Saint Andrews, 5 Things To Know
Twenty-five years of Hanson? And 20 years of âMMMbop?â How crazy is that?
But itâs true. The three brothers from Oklahoma, who set the world on fire with their âMiddle Of Nowhereâ albumâs sales of 10 million copies worldwide two decades ago, are now adults and fathers, and theyâve have survived and even creatively thrived as an independent act with their own label and their own vision, mixing music with philanthropic projects and even their own beer, Mmmhops.
The men donât mind remembering their time as boys, however, and this year the group is celebrating its anniversaries on the Middle Of Everywhere World Tour, along with the release of a âMiddle Of Everywhere -- The Greatest Hitsâ album and, on Oct. 27, its second holiday album, âFinally Itâs Christmasâ...
â˘ Isaac Hanson, the trioâs guitar-playing oldest brother, says that this yearâs anniversaries have crept up on him and his siblings. âTo some degree thereâs a lot of it that just feels like yesterday,â Hanson, 36, says by phone. âBut at the same time we were doing our first a capella gigs back in â92, and that does feel like a long time ago. Thereâs a lot of hours and a lot of years of work, but weâve been very consistent about the way we do things since then. We have full-on trip-out moments where weâll be talking about something, some performance weâve done or something, and Iâll go, âWait a second -- that was 10 years ago!â It all kind of blends after a point.â
â˘ The Hanson of 2017, of course, is different than the group of 20 years ago. âFor me, honestly, the biggest takeaway I have right now is it really feels like weâre throwing the gloves off,â Hanson explains. âOnce youâve been doing this for this long, it just really feels like thereâs no reason to not just pursue every crazy idea. Youâve crossed a certain threshold where itâs like, âOK, I guess there are no rules anymore.â Itâs very freeing in that sense.â
â˘ Hanson never repeated the massive success of âMiddle Of Nowhereâ or âMMMbop,â but that was never the key to building a career according to Isaac. âWhen we wrote âMMMbopâ we werenât chasing a hit,â he explains. âWeâre trying to just write songs we like and feel good about; If they happen to be hits and hit the world at the right time and right way and can transcend beyond just your immediate fan base, then thatâs great. But the first thing youâve got to do is do music youâre proud of and you care about. So youâve got to start there. And then the next thing is youâve got to care for the people who show up and support you and build a robust fan base. Those are the cores and thatâs what we focus on.â
â˘ The upcoming âFinally Itâs Christmasâ celebrates the 20th anniversary of Hansonâs first holiday album, âSnowed Inâ and answers fan requests for another seasonal record. âEver since the very beginning of that âSnowed Inâ record coming out, people are constantly going, âAre you guys ever gonna make another (holiday) record?ââ Isaac says. âIt was one of our favorite records we made, a really fun record to make, so we always felt like maybe one day weâll make another one when itâs the right time. The 10th anniversary went by; Thatâs not it. The 15th went by; Definitely not the time. Then a couple years ago we started thinking, âYâknow, if weâre going to make a Christmas record again, the 29th anniversary seems about right.â And itâs funny that back then we had younger brothers and sister who made random voiceover-type cameos at the very end of âSnowed In,â and now we have kids who are about the same age. Things like that made us think this seemed about right.â
â˘ Hanson has plans for 2018 and 2019 that Isaac says, âwill remain a secret,â though he acknowledges that âthere will definitely be new music in a variety of different forms.â As for the future beyond that, he says, âI still feel like the juryâs out for a lot of things with us. I do know who we are. I do know what we care about and I know weâll be working our asses off for the next 25 years coming up because we care about it. But how the history books write it all out remains to be seen.â
If You Go:
â˘ Friday, Oct. 6. Doors open at 7 p.m.
â˘ Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.
â˘ Tickets are sold out.
â˘ Call 313-961-8137 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.
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