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LAist Interview: Taylor Hanson of Hanson

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Attempting to pull sticky, er, bubble gum out of your hair was as vain as trying to banish Hanson's "MmmBop" from your brain ten years ago. A decade ago, that was your little sister's Hanson. Fast forward to 2007 and you've got three grown men who have purposely done nothing to shed their image of the past but have somehow emerged as a band for today.

Unlike comparable, so-called boy bands, the Tulsa, Oklahoma-based trio have built on and held fast to the harmony that is unmistakably theirs. Perhaps this cosmic connection only happens when you keep music-making all in the family. The little known truth about Zac, Taylor and Isaac is that they are, and always have been, responsible for writing and performing their music. Their passion for what they do has only served them well, as they've evolved into what you could call a true, bona fide rock band.

Following their split with Island Records, Hanson are finally entirely helming their music and created 3CG Records, the indie label the boys run and have used as their venue to release their subsequent records. This July The Walk was released, an album recorded entirely off-the-floor, featuring tracks inspired by humanitarian work the brothers have been doing in South Africa with pediatric AIDS patients.

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Tonight the brothers come to the Avalon after playing intimate shows this summer at the Hotel Cafe (see video after the jump) before they played the equally cozy Viper Room. Clearly intent on showing people face-to-face that they're talented artists first, and easy-on-the-eyes second, those smaller shows became quick sell-outs and incredibly memorable to those who get in. Recently we were lucky enough to exchange emails with Taylor Hanson who was more than happy to discuss image, the future, and even Howard Stern.

LAist: Would you say that you still fight to dispel stigmas that Hanson was labeled with in the group's earlier days?

Taylor Hanson: We named our new album The Walk for many reasons. The message behind that song which is all about the choices we make in life, and the battle to conquer our own fears, but also it is a statement about this band, and the approach we have taken with our career. The Walk, that is what we have been doing for the last Ten years. We are simply putting one foot in front of the other. We are not fighting or running or hiding from or with anything. We do our best to let our passion lead our music, and let any stigmas deal with themselves.