Anthem Noun 1. A rousing or uplifting song identified with a particular group, body, or cause.
With arching melodies, epic guitar riffs and rhythms inciting you to put your hands in the air, anthems give us a soundtrack to life’s defining moments. And for HANSON, their sixth studio album ANTHEM marks the beginning of their third decade of making music together.
Over their first 20 years, brothers Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson have made their mark. Five years building a fanbase as an independent band led to a meteoric rise with the 1997 international smash single MMMBop from their debut album Middle Of Nowhere. A long line of hits, four more studio albums, multiple Grammy nominations and over 16 million album sales followed. Over their second decade, the band charted their own course running an independent label while maintaining a coveted connection with their global fanbase, and in 2007 they launched a grassroots campaign to support poverty and HIV/AIDS relief in Africa (TakeTheWalk.net).
Set for release in the US in June followed by worldwide release and a coordinated world tour, the bands sixth studio album ANTHEM is an album that celebrates the power of music to ignite passion and bring people together.
“We have always been in awe of the ability music has to engage people, whether it’s a song that makes you want to dance, or a song that inspires you to take action for a cause. We want this record to be the anthem for all of those moments”, says Taylor.
Following two years of non-stop touring behind the bandʼs critically acclaimed fifth studio album Shout It Out, they decided to re-group at their home base in Oklahoma to shape the sound and vision for the album that would mark a new era for the band. Over the summer of 2012 the music that began to unfold was infused with new energy, producing a melodic tour de force. To begin recording ANTHEM, which is produced and written solely by the band, they returned to Sonic Ranch Studios where the buffer of thousands of acres of pecan groves and desert provided an essential escape from distraction. There they captured the foundation of the album the old-fashioned way, live, in one room.
From the blistering blues guitar riff of ‘Fired Up’, to the intimidating power of ‘You Can’t Stop Us’ and the unstoppable grooves of ‘I’ve Got Soul’ and ‘Tragic Symphony’, the listener is buoyed by the high- energy and force of the music. The album also continues the band’s signature vocal harmonies and eclectic influences, with guitar driven pop like ‘Cut Right Through Me’ and the soaring sing-along ‘Scream And Be Free’, as well as the romantic innocence of ‘Lost Without You’. There is a tip of the hat to power ballads, with Isaac taking center stage on lead vocal with ‘For Your Love’, and Zac carrying the entrancing heartache of ‘Save Me From Myself’, which features Gogol Bordello’s Yuri Lemeshev on accordion.
“The sound of this record touches on most of our musical influences, a bit of soul, a bit of song craftsmanship and some good old fashioned rock ‘n’ roll … this time it just has a little more fight in it”, says Isaac.
The album’s debut single ‘Get The Girl Back’ shines a bright light on their largest influence, 60’soul and rock ‘n’ roll, and it comes bursting out of the speakers from the first beat. The video, a narrative tale which features the band performing in a packed club while characters’ relationships evolve around them, showcases an ensemble cast of their friends led by actress/writer Nikki Reed (Thirteen), and Kat Dennings (2 Broke Girls, Thor), Drake Bell (Drake & Josh), Paul McDonald(American Idol), Drew Seeley (Another Cinderella Story), and newcomer Alex Beh. “It also has that vibe of a big, sweaty rock show that you’d want to be at,” Taylor says. “The video invites people into the first chapter of a story that we hope inspires everyone to want to stick around for more,” says Zac.
HANSON friends Michael ‘Fitz’ Fitzpatrick and Joe Karnes, from Los Angeles-based indie soul band Fitz and the Tantrums joined them on ‘Get The Girl Back’. “It’s hard to find bands whose sound and aesthetic is similar to ours,” Taylor says, “But we connected on a love of ‘60s soul and pop”.
In addition the record features guest appearances from music aficionado Tom “Bones” Malone (Blues Brothers Band, David Letterman band and band leader on Saturday Night Live), who contributed horns to ‘I’ve Got Soul’ and ‘Get So Low’, and Imani Coppola who added strings to ‘Tragic Symphony’, highlighting the song’s classic Michael Jackson influence. The band also reunited with renowned mix engineer Tom Lord-Alge, who mixed their first two major studio albums.
Every album has a story, a pattern of events and influences that come together to create a piece of work. In the case of ANTHEM, the greatest part of the story is the element of HANSON which has always been core to their success – their dedication and passion to reach for the best, for their music and their fans. For this band their ANTHEM is melody, passion, and conviction to stay the course with their music and with their faithful supporters; and that is an ANTHEM for the ages.
HANSON ANNOUNCES 3 rd ANNUAL
HOP JAM BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL MAY 22 nd
EXPANDED SITE FEATURES:
TWICE THE BREWERIES, MORE ALL-AGES ACTIVITIES, NEW TICKETING OPTIONS
EDWARD SHARPE AND THE MAGNETIC ZEROS,
ALBERT HAMMOND JR., X AMBASSADORS & MORE
TICKETS ON SALE TODAY, MARCH 14TH AT THEHOPJAM.COM
(Tulsa OK) – HANSON is excited to announce their 3rd annual Hop Jam Craft Beer and Music Festival for Sunday May 22nd, with tickets going on sale today at TheHopJam.com. After record attendance two years running, the celebrated downtown festival set in Tulsa’s thriving Brady Arts District is focused on providing a richer experience for festival-goers, with more family activities and twice as many attending breweries as last year. More than 60 breweries will be on site, representing 20 states and more than 10 countries. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros will headline the main stage, which will also feature performances from a diverse lineup including Albert Hammond Jr. (The Strokes), X Ambassadors, John Moreland, Chase Kerby + The Villains and more.
“We’re really proud of the awesome lineup of artists and brewers joining the festival, all of whom will help to make it the best Hop Jam yet”, said co-founder Taylor Hanson. “Headlining the first two years was exhilarating, but playing a different role this year is equally exciting for us.
The Hop Jam is also offering a more extensive ticket selection to all guests this year. The new premium Hop Head VIP beer ticket includes even earlier access, special Hop Talks featuring a panel of craft brewers, and access to a special indoor space including all day food and beverages. The new premium Hop Jam Music VIP tickets include reserved seating in the festival main stage area, with all day food and beverages in an indoor space available to all ages.
The festival site is also expanding significantly, with the craft beer area doubling in size, and also adding a beer garden and games lawn, while the all-ages area of the festival is expanding to encompass the new Hop Jam Park, at Guthrie Green, catering to family friendly activities and entertainment.
The popular statewide opening band contest will continue to be hosted in partnership with the Tulsa World, providing an opportunity for the winning artist to perform the opening set on the festival main stage. Extending the opportunity to local musicians, the top runners up will also win the opportunity to perform at the new Park Stage at Guthrie Green.
The Hop Jam will again raise funds to support the Community Food Bank of Eastern Oklahoma through the raffle of a custom-made Hop Guitar, crafted after the festival logo, and signed by brewers and artists taking part in the event. The family activities and a special auction in the Hop Jam Park area will also help support another Tulsa non-profit, Emergency Infant Services, who work to provide for the needs of infants and children whose families are in crisis.
For The Hop Jam 2016, HANSON are again partnering with Oklahoma favorite the McNellie’s Group to host the beer festival. These two organizations have a shared interest in cultivating the craft beer community and fostering world-class events in the state.
This year’s Hop Jam Festival is proud to acknowledge some of the key partners helping lend their support to make the event possible, including iHeart Media, KMOD, The Beat, Tulsa World Media, BOK Center, LDF, Jaguar Land Rover, Visit Tulsa, Tulsa Film + Music Office and many more.
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