A long time has passed since the Hanson brothers set the stage for pop music with their bubblegum image, and though their blond locks and adolescence may be in the rearview, their knack for writing engaging pop tunes remains. Isaac, Taylor and Zac recently stopped by NPR's Tiny Desk Concert series to play three songs from their arsenal of hits and showed off their musical prowess in the process. Check out the performance below. Fair warning — "MMMbop" was left off the setlist.
Armed with a piano, acoustic guitar and cajón, the trio launches their set with a fun rendition of "Thinking 'Bout Something" from their 2010 album Shout It Out. Taylor then speaks to the crowd and talks about their celebration of 25 years as a band, explaining that they've been all over the world touring on the milestone achievement.
"The song that we really think of as the defined moment for us in connection with our fans was the key song on our second record," Taylor says. "It's a song called 'This Time Around.' It's sort of about fighting for things and caring about things and we've had this incredible connection with a lot of fans all over the world for 20 years."
Hanson then goes into the title track from their sophomore record released in 2000. With Taylor leading the way on piano, the group breaks from their instruments to sing an a cappella chorus. Isaac takes the second verse before his brothers pick him back up for a sweeping second chorus.
Shedding his vest and trading the piano for a guitar, Taylor gets a laugh from Zac as he sets up. "Look at you sweating at your Tiny Desk," Zac jokes. He then gets serious talking about what's in store for Hanson next. "We can't do anything without thinking about the future," Zac says. "People ask us how stay together as a band and that's really the whole source of it: the future, the next thing, the next song, the next project; that's our game."
The final song of the night is Hanson's new single, "I Was Born." The song illustrates a picture that the band has no plans of stopping anytime soon. "'Cause I was born to do something no one's ever done before/ I was born to go somewhere no one's ever gone before."
Following the release of their upcoming holiday album Finally It's Christmas on Oct. 27, Hanson will hit the road for a string of holiday shows beginning in late November. Tickets for select shows are now on sale via AXS.com. Check out the complete list of Finally It's Christmas tour dates here, which includes multiple stops at PlayStation Theater in New York and Chicago's House of Blues.