Taylor Hanson mentions how Tinted Windows keeps his core band fresh
Taylor Hanson In The Firing Line: "I've always respected my hair's natural juices"
by Davis Swan
Tue 8th Apr, 2014
Q: Would you have broken up at any point if you weren't brothers?
Taylor: I will say one slice of wisdom over time is proactively reaching out and collaborating with people helps you get perspective. For years we've done retreats where we get a lot of songwriters together and we make music purely for the sake of it. And that helps keep you inspired. And also I have a side project called Tinted Windows which is just pop songs with guitars, it's power pop. It's me and James Iha [Smashing Pumpkins], and Bun E Carlos from Cheap Trick, and Adam Schlesinger from Fountains of Wayne, he's a writer/producer. And so doing those things keeps your album and your core band fresh, because you come back to it and you go "Yeah, this is good – I still enjoy this."
Blog: Power Pop Flashback: Tinted Windows
John V's Electric avenue
Tuesday March 25, 2014
What do you get when you combine Adam Schlesinger, bassist & songwriter for Fountains of Wayne, Taylor Hanson, lead singer & keyboardist for Hanson, James Iha, former guitarist for Smashing Pumpkins, and the one & only Bun E. Carlos, drummer for Cheap Trick? A little band called Tinted Windows. Their self–titled album, a rocking blast of power pop tunes, should have been a much bigger hit. Schlesinger & Hanson had already begun to write some music together when they brought in Iha, and later, Carlos to form the supergroup in 2009. The idea was to have some fun & make a guitar driven rock & roll record that has some great pop sounds as well.
Q&A: Taylor Hanson Talks New Album, Old Songs and Tie-In Products
By Lily Rothman June 14th, 2013
Yes, that’s as in Hanson, the Oklahoma-bred trio that’s now in its third decade of pop-music production. Middle brother Taylor, 30, is still making music with Isaac and Zac: their latest album is out June 18, and that’s not all they’ve got going on. He recently spoke with TIME.
Do you have any plans for your other band, Tinted Windows?
We’ll probably be doing some writing this summer. The short answer is yes, there are some Tinted Windows plans. It’s a side project for everybody, so it fits in in between.
Read more: http://entertainment.time.com/2013/06/14/qa-taylor-hanson-talks-new-album-old-songs-and-tie-in-products/
'93-'13: Tinted Windows, Messing With My Head
20 May 2013 by Nathan Jolly
James Iha from Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Taylor Hanson from your bedroom wall team up with Cheap Trick drummer Bun E. Carlos and pump out one dazzling set of power pop tunes before disappearing. It's the type of side project that could quickly be forgotten in today's rush of releases; indeed numerous fans of Hanson and/or Smashing Pumpkins still have no idea such a record exists. Hopefully, this song's undeniable excellence will see their 2009 self-titled record slowly surface and begin to take hold. It took Big Star years to gain recognition, and Messing With My Head certainly doesn't live streets away from Big Star's more bombastic cuts.
For those with overriding high school hangups about having a crush on the blonde chick from Hanson, this song packs much more of a punch than Hanson's R'n'B-leaning material, with no ivory tickled during the making of the record whatsoever.
Taylor Hanson still seemed excited about the project years later...
Read the rest here: http://www.themusicnetwork.com/music-features/artists/2013/05/20/93-13-tinted-windows-messing-with-my-head/
Bun E.: "we got offered some dates for this Fall"
Legendary Rock Interviews
NOVEMBER 5, 2012 by TODD HOUSTON
Cheap Trick’s Bun E. Carlos is alive and well and talks early Trick, touring and more
LRI: What’s the story with the band Tinted Windows? Is that project still active?
Bun E: Yeah, Adam from of Fountains of Wayne, Taylor Hanson of Hanson, umm… James Iha of The Pumpkins. Yeah that’s still together actually and we got offered some dates for this Fall but they conflicted with Fountains of Wayne dates. That band is still a functioning business; we still have an accountant and a bank account. I just saw a James Iha interview in the Illinois Entertainer where he was saying that (we) Tinted Windows were thinking about doing a second album and I’m thinking to myself, “Oh, that’s news to me” (laughs)!