Friends, fans, Hanson lovers past and present, listen up: the band has two major milestones coming up that they are pretty excited about, but are also aware that you might be troubled by. In an interview with E! News, Hanson talked about their song "MMMBop" turning 20, and about the band turning 25 — and, even more exciting than that, they talked about how they're looking to commemorate the longevity of their careers. Hint, hint — it includes Hanson releasing new music (On a totally unrelated note, they aged well, you guys. Like three fine wines. *Sigh*.)
But, back to the matter at hand. As per the interview, the guys note that in 2017 not only is "MMMBop" the song (and consequently, my first CD ever) about to hit the 20-years-old mark, but the band itself will be boasting 25 years of existence. Being 25 myself, I can see what all the excitement is about. It's a big deal! And, in order to properly "celebrate" they have big plans for more undeniably catchy tunes.
Isaac Hanson said this about "what's coming up next" for them:
We have a new EP that we're wrapping up that's called, 'Play' that's about to release. We just put out an annual EP that we do for our website every year so that's actually really fun. They're called, Loud and Play, and it's a really fun collection of songs. And then we're also doing random shows around the U.S.. What we've really got our sight on is next year, and 20 years since our first record. We're really excited about it.
And Zac Hanson also noted that:
Next year we turn 25 as a band, and so we're working on the next album, working on the ways we want to celebrate a quarter century of making music together. And that all will sort of lead towards new stuff. Because it's about what's next. That's the reason we keep going as a band...
It's not surprise that they're as pumped for "MMMBop's" and the bands' big birthdays, so to speak, because they own their bubblegum pop start and are proud of it. Case in point, the youngest Hanson explains to E! News that, "We have never run from our past. We definitely still sing 'MMMBop.' When we do concerts, we still play old songs." How's that for a refreshing take from an old favorite? I, for one, get just a tiny bit angry at concerts when bands refuse to play the music that elevated them to their status. It's something to be proud of, and the Hansons know it.
Basically, Hanson and "MMMBop" are having their 20th and 25th birthdays and we're the ones getting gifts. How lucky are we, even after all this time? I don't know about you, but I think we should give the brothers a thank you card way in advance for not only continuing to make music, but for being so awesome to their fans while they're doing it.