A lot has happened since the release of Hanson
's 2004 critically acclaimed album Underneath
, the first on their own 3CG Records label, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard Independent Album chart, and is one of the most successful independent albums of all time.
"The first music you really fall in love with is more than just music", Taylor says. "For us it was Elvis
, The Beach Boys
, Stax/Volt records..." Those classic influences have remained the threads that run through Hanson's music, and on The Walk
they're echoed on songs like "Been There Before", which talks about Otis Redding
, Johnny Cash
and the roots of rock 'n' roll.
"It's rare for us to directly reference our influences like that", Isaac says. This refreshing freedom and vulnerability comes with the confidence and catharsis of complete creative control, cutting all ties with major labels. Hanson have become both artist and industry; not only brothers but also partners, husbands and fathers.
takes you into the heart and soul of Hanson, and for Hanson looking inward means looking outward as well, at the state of the music industry and at their community. "The Walk is the walk of life", Zac says. "People make decisions to go for dreams, to do something difficult, or they decide to be part of the crowd that watches. You have to make those decisions by yourself." Nowhere is that more evident than on the download-only release of "Great Divide". Released in November in honor of World AIDS Day, the song features the poignant sound of an African children's choir and all proceeds go to PRHU and HIV/AIDS prevention organization.
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