single "PENNY & ME" (Cooking Vinyl)
Irish Release 21st January 2005
Promo video features SAMAIRE ARMSTRONG of "THE OC"
New album “Underneath” released in Ireland 4th February 2005
Hanson will be releasing their new single, “Penny & Me” on Monday 7th February 2005. The single, which is the first to be taken off “Underneath”, their long-awaited third studio album (and their first with Cooking Vinyl), will be available as 2 CDs singles. Full track listings as follows:
CD 1 – Enhanced
"Penny & Me" (audio album version) / "Every Word I Say" (previously unreleased audio track) / "Underneath" (audio only taken from Warner-Vision Underneath Acoustic Live DVD) PLUS Enhanced Bonus Section - Penny & Me" (video clip) / Underneath" (live video clip taken from the Warner-Vision Underneath DVD)
CD 2 – Standard
Penny & Me (radio edit) / Mmmm Bop (live - taken from Warner Vision Underneath Acoustic Live DVD)
The accompanying promo video, directed by Chris Applebaum (Fountains of Wayne's "Stacy's Mom", Kid Rock's "Feel Like Making Love"), will feature performance footage from the band as well a visual interpretation of the song, featuring rising star Samaire Armstrong ("The OC") as 'Penny.'
"Samaire truly embodies the essence of the character we always envisioned for Penny when we first wrote the song," says Taylor Hanson of the 24 year old.
"This video is in essence cinematically capturing a ‘soundtrack to your life’ moment. That feeling you get when you are driving in your car with the windows down, best friend riding shotgun, and the perfect song is on the radio. Every time thereafter, when you hear that three minutes and 50 seconds, life is as it was in the car," says Armstrong who can currently be seen as "Anna Stern" on the Fox series, "The OC."
"Since I have always been a huge fan of Hanson, directing their video is an incredible honor. Not only is this single infectious, but the combination of Hanson and Samaire Armstrong provides a palate for some incredible visuals," says director, Chris Applebaum.
"Underneath" which debuted at number 25 in the Billboard Top 200 and at number 1 in the Billboard Independent Albums charts, represents the group's most accomplished work yet, mixing their love of lush melodies with harmonies that only three brothers can create and production that leaves the rough edges in, but is still larger-than-life when called for.
"Penny and Me" was written and produced by Hanson and co-produced by Danny Kortchmar (Don Henley, Billy Joel).
“… the songs are still irresistible and hooky with a maturation of craft … proving yet again that these young men have real passion and real talent for making music.” – Boston Herald
Hanson, who have just entered into a licensing agreement with Cooking Vinyl, have announced that they will be doing an acoustic show in Dublin's Temple Bar Music Centre on November 9th, which will provide fans a preview of their highly anticipated new studio CD, Underneath, which is due to be released in Europe in February 2005. Just as they did on their critically acclaimed Acoustic ’03 tour of the US, Hanson will forgo the large theatres and arenas they are accustomed to in favor of smaller, more intimate rooms that give fans a chance to experience Hanson and their music up close and personal. Allowing the songs to shine through the acoustic performances, Hanson will deliver a powerful set that showcases their three part harmonies. “This tour is something we have wanted to do for a long time,” Isaac said. “It is really a thank you to our most devoted fans for their patience.” “Doing these shows is like inviting people into the songwriting sessions,” Zac adds. “It is all about giving our fans something special and it’s a great way to introduce the new music.”
Only Irish Date!
Temple Bar Music Centre, Dublin.
November 9th (Tuesday)
To coincide with this date, Hanson will also be releasing a strictly limited edition of 1000 four track acoustic EP. Available on CD only, the tracks – Deeper, Underneath, If Only and I Will Come To You were recorded last year during the band’s highly successful US acoustic tour.
Underneath, which debuted at number 25 in the Billboard Top 200 and at number 1 in the Billboard Independent Albums charts, is an epic, organic alternative guitar rock / pop oriented album, packed with fourteen truly great original songs all written by the trio. More than three years in the making and crammed with catchy melodies, plaintive piano playing and the kind of three part vocal harmonies that only brothers can achieve, Underneath has firmly established Hanson’s credentials as both songwriters and artists. Hanson are joined by a number of special guest on Underneath, including Michelle Branch who contributes background vocals on a track and Phantom Planet’s Sam Farrar who adds bass on a song.
As veterans at a relatively young age, the brothers know the importance of owning their own content and the complexities and challenges facing the music industry today. On the forefront of an emerging trend that includes other established artists such as Pearl Jam, The Eagles and Ozzy Osbourne, Hanson recorded and released Underneath independently on their own, newly-formed record label, 3CG Records in the US although they aren’t trying to compete with the majors they are trying to control the way their music is marketed, promoted and sold in a challenging time for the music industry. Says Taylor Hanson of the newly inked deal with Cooking Vinyl, “We’re thrilled to be working with a label like Cooking Vinyl in the UK and Europe. As one of the leading independent labels, they represent the future of the music industry and we feel a strong identification with their approach to doing business.”
Hanson’s willingness to embrace the Internet and changing trends in the music industry has set them apart from many of their peers. The band’s online site created in 1994, developed into one of the largest sites in music history at a time when the Internet’s potential was in its infancy. Indeed, they have been credited with discovering talent as well, including a young Michelle Branch, who as a fan opened for the band for their second album, was then signed and became a star in her own right.
In 1997 Hanson made a place in music history with their debut album Middle of Nowhere which earned them three Grammy Award nominations and has sold over 6.5 million copies in the United States alone.