July 16, 2013
By Chesney Hearst, Senior Contributing Reporter
RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL – Famous for 1997’s international megahit “MMMbop” the American trio Hanson grew over the last sixteen years from pop teen sensations into mature and independent rock’n’rollers. On Saturday, July 20th, the band of three brothers will bring their soul infused, solidly rock sounds to Barra da Tijuca’s Citibank Hall.
Isaac, Taylor and Zac Hanson, press photo.
The brothers, Issac, Taylor and Zac Hanson will play Brazil first in Rio as part of an ongoing tour in support of their most recent studio album release, entitled, ANTHEM. Then they go to São Paulo‘s Credicard Hall on Sunday, July 21st.
“The sound of this record touches on most of our musical influences,” oldest brother and guitarist and bassist, Issac Hanson said. “[It’s] 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.”
Released recently on June 18th, ANTHEM comes after the trio marked twenty years of playing together in 2012. “When we first started, we were three kids harmonizing, we didn’t play instruments,” middle brother and main vocalist, Taylor Hanson told Parade.
Hanson began in 1992 when the three home-schooled brothers, realizing their love of Sixties rock’n’roll and Motown style harmonies, began to sing acapella together in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Gradually all three began to learn instruments with each starting as pianists, eventually Issac moved more to the guitar, Zac took to the drums and Taylor has remained mostly at the keys.
“That was 21 years ago,” Taylor explained. “So we’ve changed a lot. We’ve been able to share music with fans all over the world, we’ve toured for years, and we’ve made many albums, but I think the thing at the center of our band that has really kept us together is just a genuine love of making music,” he added.
No strangers to Brazil, Hanson opened the Latin American leg of their Musical Ride Tour in São Paulo and also played in Porto Alegre during their 2011 Shout It Out World Tour in support of their highly acclaimed studio album of the same name.