Thursday, October 29, 2009

Taylor Hanson Rock & Roll Supergroup

A new band called Tinted Windows is reportedly putting out an album this spring. Not news, right? What if we told you that the band features former Smashing Pumpkins guitarist James Iha, Fountains of Wayne’s Adam Schlesinger on bass, Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos on drums, and Taylor Hanson, yes that Hanson, on vocals.

Both Born to Rock & Roll and The Daily Swarm are reporting that the “supergroup” Tinted Windows are planning a surprise unveiling shortly. In fact, Taylor Hanson’s local newspaper Tulsa World contacted his publicist about the story and got a reply that there is “no ‘official’ word” on the project. So this news is not “official,” but Hanson’s publicist has basically given it away.

Yes, Taylor Hanson’s joined a side project, including members of Cheap Trick, Smashing Pumpkins and Fountains of Wayne. The band has named itself Tinted Windows. On Wednesday, Taylor Hanson posted a letter to his fan club via the fansite and made the news official: “Over the last couple years, Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne and James Iha have been working on this project — we first met Adam years ago when we were making ‘Middle Of Nowhere.’ ”

That longtime friendship turned into a collaboration with Taylor Hanson on vocals, Iha and Schlesinger on bass, and legendary Cheap Trick member Bun E. Carlos on drums.
Taylor Hanson was quick to clarify, “For me and the other guys in the group this is a great project that is an addition to who we are in our core bands.” Also, while at home in Tulsa, the brothers have been busy entertaining Adam Green of The Moldy Peaches and comedic musician Weird Al Yankovic, among others, while working on the Hanson album. Writing and recording is expected to continue over the next few months, Taylor Hanson wrote.

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