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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27 October – Houston, TX – House Of Blues
MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE – THE GREATEST HITS
BAND CELEBRATING 25th ANNIVERSARY
WORLD TOUR CONTINUES WITH NORTH AMERICA LEG STARTING SEPT 12TH
In celebration of the band’s 25th Anniversary, pop-rock trio HANSON are releasing their Middle Of Everywhere – The Greatest Hits, their first comprehensive career-spanning collection. The album includes hit singles spanning the last two decades, including “Mmmbop”, “Where’s The Love”, “Weird”, “This Time Around”, “If Only”, “Save Me”, “Penny And Me”, “Thinking ‘Bout Somethin'” and “Get The Girl Back”, plus their brand new single “I Was Born” that NPR music calls “impossible to resist”.
The album includes 26 songs from the multi-Grammy nominated band’s six studio albums, many of which are featured in their live show on the Middle Of Everywhere 25th Anniversary World Tour. The extensive world tour has seen the band performing to sold out crowds in Europe, Australia, New Zealand and Latin America, and begins it’s North American leg on September 12th.
“It’s incredible to be able to reflect on 25 years of making music together, and even more amazing to have been able make such a strong connection with music fans around the world”, said keyboardist Taylor Hanson. Added guitarist Isaac Hanson “The response to the tour so far has blown us away. Releasing the album and kicking off the US tour in the same week is very exciting”.
Besides HANSON’s 25th anniversary, 2017 is also the 20th anniversary of their debut release Middle Of Nowhere, lead by the iconic single “Mmmbop”, which introduced the group to the world. The tour will feature performances of the group’s most widely known material alongside fan favorites encompassing their extensive catalog since their iconic debut. In select markets, Taylor Hanson will DJ the “Dance Like You Don’t Care” after party, which will feature an eclectic mix of modern and throw back favorites..
Founded in 1992, the trio of brothers began performing classic rock ‘n roll and soul music, and writing original material, crafting a unique blend of harmonies and organic soulful pop-rock. The group took the world by storm with their debut major release in 1997, ushering in a string of top 40 singles and establishing them as one of the world’s leading artists.
In 2003, the group founded their own independent 3CG Records, starting a new era for the band with their #1 independent album Underneath, featuring hit single “Penny And Me”, positioning them among the most successful independent bands to date. Since then, HANSON has released 3 studio albums under their label, toured the world cultivating a vibrant global fanbase engaged by their dynamic live performances, and released an ongoing stream of special products direct to their devout fan community.
In 2013, the group diversified its brand with the founding of their Hanson Brothers Beer Company, and in 2014 added The Hop Jam Beer and Music Festival based in their hometown of Tulsa, OK, which brings together artists and brewers from all over the world, culminating in one of the country’s leading Craft Beer and Music Festivals with 40,000 in attendance. The Middle Of Everywhere Tour showcases more than two decades of music in a celebratory world tour, alongside new music that will be followed by a further release in 2018.
To find out more information on HANSON’s tour and music release go to www.hanson.net.
For further information on The Hop Jam Festival, go to www.TheHopJam.com.
For more information on Hanson Brothers Beer, go to www.hansonbrothersbeer.com.
US / CANADA TOUR DATES:
Tue 12 Sep 17 Dallas TX House Of Blues
Wed 13 Sep 17 Austin TX Emos East
Fri 15 Sep 17 New Orleans LA Joy Theater
Sat 16 Sep 17 Nashville TN Wildhorse Saloon
Sun 17 Sep 17 Birmingham AL Iron City
Tue 19 Sep 17 St Petersburg FL Jannus Live
Wed 20 Sep 17 Atlanta GA Buckhead Theatre
Fri 22 Sep 17 Raleigh NC The Ritz
Sat 23 Sep 17 Norfolk VA Norva
Sun 24 Sep 17 Silver Spring MD The Fillmore
Tue 26 Sep 17 Cleveland OH House Of Blues
Wed 27 Sep 17 Pittsburgh PA Carnegie Music Hall of Homestead
Thu 28 Sep 17 Philadelphia PA The Fillmore
Sat 30 Sep 17 New York NY Playstation Theater
Sun 1 Oct 17 Boston MA House Of Blues
Tue 3 Oct 17 Montreal QC CANADA Corona
Wed 4 Oct 17 Toronto ON CANADA Danforth Music Hall
Fri 6 Oct 17 Detroit MI St Andrews
Sat 7 Oct 17 Chicago IL House Of Blues
Sun 8 Oct 17 Grand Rapids MI 20 Monroe Live
Tue 10 Oct 17 Minneapolis MN First Avenue
Wed 11 Oct 17 St Louis MO The Pageant
Thu 12 Oct 17 Lawrence KS Granada Theater
Sat 14 Oct 17 Denver CO Summit Music Hall
Sun 15 Oct 17 Salt Lake City UT Depot
Tue 17 Oct 17 Seattle WA The Neptune
Wed 18 Oct 17 Vancouver BC CANADA Vogue Theatre
Thu 19 Oct 17 Portland OR Aladdin Theater
Sat 21 Oct 17 Anaheim CA House Of Blues
Sun 22 Oct 17 Los Angeles CA Mayan Theater
Tue 24 Oct 17 San Diego CA House Of Blues
Wed 25 Oct 17 Las Vegas NV House Of Blues
Fri 27 Oct 17 Houston TX House Of Blues
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FINALLY IT’S CHRISTMAS ALBUM OCTOBER 27th
SELECT HOLIDAY CONCERTS ON SALE SEPTEMBER 22ND
MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE 25TH ANNIVERSARY WORLD TOUR BEGINS TONIGHT IN DALLAS
HANSON ON TOUR 2017
30 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater SOLD OUT
31 – Lake Buena Vista, FL – Eat To The Beat Concert @ Epcot Food & Wine Festival
29 – New York, NY – Playstation Theater *
6 – Los Angeles, CA – The Wiltern *
This past Friday saw the eagerly anticipated arrival of Hanson’s first-ever career anthology, MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE – THE GREATEST HITS, available now at all music retailers and streaming services. A wide array of editions is on offer, including digital download, CD, and nostalgic cassette pressings. In addition, a range ofMIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE merchandise – spanning t-shirts and bucket hats to a hardcover photo book and an extremely limited 25th Anniversary “Hansonopoly” Pewter Piece Game set – is available now athanson.net/store.
MIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE – THE GREATEST HITS collects 25 songs from Hanson’s six studio albums along with the acclaimed new single, “I Was Born”. The track received immediate critical applause, with NPR Musicdeclaring it simply “fantastic…a gloriously rousing, life-affirming top-down anthem that’s virtually impossible to resist – seriously, if (“I Was Born” is) not in a car commercial by this time next week, every ad agency in America will have fallen down on the job.”
Isaac, Taylor, and Zac Hanson founded Hanson in 1992 and have spent the past 25 years on one of the most surprising, creative, and popular journeys in contemporary music history. The Tulsa, OK-based trio’s remarkable quarter-century in public life has been commemorated with major media coverage including The Washington Post and PEOPLE, which marked the anniversary with an exclusive “Track by Track” look atMIDDLE OF EVERYWHERE – THE GREATEST HITS, noting, “The brothers have conquered a number of adult-sized hurdles together over the past two and a half decades in a valiant, successful effort to create soul-, R&B-, rock-, blues-, Motown- (and yes, pop-) inspired music on their own terms, from…starting their own indie label 3CG Records, to traveling to Africa and using their experiences and perfectly harmonized voices to spread awareness about deep issues far outside of themselves.”