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Hanson: A 70s rock band

Oklahoma band of brothers Hanson have revealed that they think of themselves as a 70s rock band.

Lead singer Taylor Hanson – who, along with brothers Isaac and Zac, shot to fame with their 1997 debut single ‘MMMbop’ – told BANG Showbiz that the band has always been influenced by 70s music and that this shines through particularly on the group’s new album ‘Shout It Out’.

He explained: "The last two records we were definitely leaning away from the old school R&B that we had been doing, we've been going a little bit more layered and textured, more pop rock and with this album we've tried to create it in a way that captures a certain energy that we love about albums from our past.

"We joke that we're a 70s rock band because we grew up in the Midwest with a little bit of roots music around us but also listening to 50s and 60s soul music and as a result this album is a mid 70s pop rock album made in 2011."

Watch the band performing 'MMMbop' earlier this year at London's 100 Club here: