“In our case, we were always doing it for ourselves. We were doing it for our own drive,” Taylor Hanson, 34, says, delicately acknowledging the rabid, enduring attention of their female fans, many of whom have grown up with and continued to follow the band religiously for 20 years.
“Of course, as a young guy, a bunch of girls screaming is not a bad thing,” he allows, with brother Isaac Hanson, 37, chiming in, “It's a much better view than a bunch of guys screaming.”
“I think all of us, at some point or another along the way, pretty early on, I think, all kinda said to ourselves, ‘We want to be the kinda people that we're proud of being,’” Isaac continues. “Here we are doing this work that we love doing, but we want it to be about the work and about the job. There's also kind of an advantage to being an underdog because at the end of the day -- despite all of the, shall we say, popularity and fame that was initially thrust onto us in the first few years of our career -- at the same time, there was a lot of underdog factors going on.
“You're these young kids who are a band, but people think you’re something that you're not really,” he explains. “There's just a lot to prove and a lot to sort out, and a lot that maybe only time can prove is the truth. I think in a lot of ways, it kinda kept our heads screwed on pretty straight because we didn't take a ton of time, shall we say, sitting around and smelling the flowers.”
While the brothers remained largely free from becoming tabloid fodder as they publicly came of age, Isaac’s latter statement is not to imply that they didn’t enjoy at least some of the, shall we say, perks associated with being teen heartthrobs. All three met their now-wives “in some form or another” at their shows. Later, while playing a game of “Truth or Drink” (see below), the trio playfully opted to plead the fifth when asked whether they had gotten together with other fans during their bachelor days.
“They all [the wives] know that the reason why we met them was because they weren’t, like, screaming and throwing themselves at us at all,” Isaac says.
“They're all like, ‘We won!’” Taylor quips. “I mean, you hope that they are fans to a degree. Otherwise, they'd be nuts. They'd go crazy! You have to appreciate what you do. … If you start with the idea of, ‘Oh, are our wives fans of what we do?’ Hopefully you are as big a fan or a bigger fan of them, and that's the whole idea. The premise of them being enthusiastic about our occupation is part of the package.”