MMMBOP MAD­NESS

Boy­ban­der Isaac Han­son talks fam­ily and fame

WHO - - Contents - By Abi Moustafa

Teenage girls all over the world had Han­son posters on their bed­room walls, and now, 25 years after form­ing their band, the broth­ers from Han­son are closer than ever.

“I’m deeply proud of be­ing their brother,” eldest sib­ling, singer Isaac Han­son tells WHO. “I find them to be deeply in­tel­li­gent and con­scious as peo­ple and [they] al­ways have been.”

The band made up of three broth­ers, Isaac, Tay­lor and Zac may be best-known for ma­jor hits such as “Mmmbop” and “Where’s the Love”, but they’ve been work­ing in the in­dus­try for more than two decades, pri­mar­ily fo­cus­ing on song­writ­ing. “We were a lit­tle bit quiet for a cou­ple of years be­tween the Han­son al­bum and the lat­est tour, but last year we cel­e­brated 25 years as a band and it felt re­ally im­por­tant, it felt like some­thing we had to put a lit­tle stake in the ground,” says Han­son. Now on the back of their 2017 world tour, the boys are head­ing Down Un­der to pro­mote their lat­est record – a dou­ble al­bum ti­tled String The­ory.

So what ex­actly can diehard fans ex­pect? “This is a sym­phonies project, which is kind of a mu­si­cal of sorts. There’s def­i­nitely a nar­ra­tive to the show, it is bro­ken up into two parts. It’s also a dou­ble al­bum, which is sim­i­lar to the show, so in a sense you could call it a con­cept al­bum – the show and the al­bum are ex­actly the same thing,” says Han­son.

“It’s been a re­ally fun ex­pe­ri­ence and it’s been re­ally spe­cial not only for us but I think for the fan base as well – firstly get­ting to show peo­ple a dif­fer­ent side of this band than they’ve ever seen be­fore,” he tells WHO.

The 38-year-old says the chem­istry he has on-stage with his broth­ers is one thing that has never changed, no mat­ter how in­sane the cult fol­low­ing be­came.

“The mu­sic it­self was our au­thor­ship, it was our mu­sic,” Han­son says about grow­ing up a fa­mous teen. “Peo­ple of­ten like to talk about topi­cal things like girls throw­ing un­der­wear on stage and scream­ing out – which on one level is in­ter­est­ing – but that’s not re­ally why we did it… In fact, I think in some cases you might al­most say that that would be the kind of thing that would make you al­most want to quit rather than keep go­ing,” he says. “But the truth of it for us was, in the end, the con­nec­tions we were mak­ing with peo­ple, even though there was a lot of fa­nat­i­cal re­sponses. In the be­gin­ning [it was about] the con­nec­tions that we were mak­ing.”

Fans can con­tinue to en­joy those con­nec­tions when the boys re­turn to Aus­tralia in Fe­bru­ary 2019 for their String The­ory Tour.

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