updated 04/22/2009 AT 3:00 PM ET
•originally published 04/22/2009 AT 3:45 PM ET
Taylor Hanson has a new gig!
The middle brother of the rock trio Hanson just released an album with his new band, Tinted Windows, a power-pop group that also includes James Iha (formerly) of Smashing Pumpkins, Adam Schlesinger of Fountains of Wayne and Bun E. Carlos of Cheap Trick.
And with a new job comes new responsibilities – namely touring and promoting – that will take him away from his wife Natalie and their four kids: Ezra, 6, River, 2, Penelope, 3, and Viggo Moriah, who was born in December.
Hanson, 26, spoke to Z100’s Billy the Kidd Wednesday about how he handles life on the road with such a big family at home in Tulsa, Okla.
“You just leave them with enough food and water to survive,” Hanson joked on the air with the New York deejay. “No, first of all, you have an amazing wife, and she gets it and handles all the craziness. And you just try to make the time you got really cool. When you’re there, you’re totally present, and you just bounce back and forth.”
Bouncing back and forth is something Hanson will do plenty of with Tinted Windows. The group already appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman Tuesday and they are scheduled to be on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon Thursday. They’ll also open for No Doubt, playing Bamboozle with Gwen Stefani’s band on May 3.
But Hanson counts his blessings. “At least I’m not in the military with people shooting at me. I have friends who are in Iraq,” he said. “At least when we’re gone, I’m in a hotel room. Maybe, I may lose my life to this really bad room service. That’s the threat.”
Check out the full interview with Taylor Hanson and Tinted Windows at Z100.com.