L&K: How are you mate?
IKE: Just fine thanks.
L&K: What are you guys up to?
IKE: We're having a breather from touring and promo but there's lots to be getting on with.
L&K: Tell us about your Pepsi Music Live deal?
IKE: The people at Pepsi wanted to pick one of our songs to feature on one of their free Cd's - so you can send off for it if you collect the ringpulls. Anyway, they chose Man From Milwaukee which is cool!
L&K: The song on Pepsi CD's a rocking live version. Where did you record it?
IKE: It was taken from a concert we played in New York last year. We were filming for the Tulsa, Tokyo & The Middle Of Nowhere video so it was a nutty show. Cameras chasing us, fans screaming. It was loads of fun.
L&K: Do you end up playing and singing louder and louder just to compete with the fans?
IKE: Oh yeah we used to but now we've got these special in-ear monitors. They kinda act like ear-plugs but they also mean we can hear ourselves perform.
L&K: Do you have any pre-show rituals?
IKE: We get in a big huddle backstage and psyche each other up. Telling each other to have fun is a good way of getting rid of butterflies cause you tend to think (in shaky and scared voice) "Oh wow!" when you hear the fans screaming for you out front.
L&K: We can't wait to see you guys again. When are you going to be touring the UK?
IKE: Well, it's tricky. We're about to do a tour of the US so its gonna be a while yet but who knows, maybe we'll pop over to Europe for a few surprise shows.
L&K: Is there anything you'd love to see in England this time round?
IKE: Well, London's so big there must have been gadzillions of things we never got to see during our last visit. You'll have to buy us a really good guide book and take us sightseeing!
L&K: It's a deal! Are there any special effects you would like to try onstage?
IKE: There's a physical effect we've got planned for our tour.
L&K: Ohhhh, explain!!!
IKE: Lets just say it involves a few of our fans and this gadget that blows lots of air out!
L&K: Er, you're inviting the fans to vacuum the stage?
IKE: (Breaking into laughter) No! Forget it! You'll never guess and I'm not giving away any more.
L&K: OK, back to Pepsi. You're holding a huge gig in America which will be attended by competition winners from across the world (including out L&K winner) - Are you going to learn how to sing in all different kinds of languages?
IKE: Woah, that'd be cool, but I don't think we'll risk it! We're totally in awe of our foreign fans - they all sing along in perfect english. It's incredible.
L&K: Can you say hello in any other languages?
IKE: Sure, I can say "Hola", thats Spanish. "Bonjour", thats French. I know the Japanese for "no problem" too. (Gabbles something too fast to catch.)
L&K: Er, yeah.
IKE: I did do a bit of German but we haven't traveled much in the last few weeks so im losing it all. I've turned my brain off today.
L&K: QUICK! Turn it back on! Are Hanson big fizzy drinkers?
IKE: Oh yeah and Pepsi's pretty darned good ya know. They've brought out a really cool new can in the States. It looks like a lump of ice. Its kinda hard to explain.
L&K: Do you get loads of free Pepsi?
IKE: No, but I bet we could. We hand't thought of that!
L&K: Guzzling all that pop must make Zac's burps even more deadly!
IKE: Actually it make it harder to burp if you use the Hanson technique.
L&K: What's that?
IKE: Yeah, we fill up our stomach with air, not fizzy drink, and then force ourselves to burp. Thing is, you force yourself too hard and end up throwing up!
L&K: And when you've finished guzzling do you recycle your cans like good environmentally-friendly pop stars?
IKE: Sure we do. We've always recycled stuff. It was a good way of earning extra pocket-money when we were little kids.
L&K: Talking of kiddiwinks, how's your new baby sister?
IKE: Very, very cute. She's a good baby.
L&K: Have you been roped in to change her diapers?
IKE: Not as much as I usually do. Being the oldest I often get lumbered with diaper changing. I've got lots of experience at dealing with dirty diapers!
L&K: What are you going to do for the rest of the day?
IKE: Sitting on my tush! I'm gonna take it easy for the next few days. Taylor's gone away for a few days so I'll probably play my guitar and relax.
L&K: And finally, have you got a message for our L&K readers?
IKE: Of course! Hanson wants to say a big thank you for all your support. You guys rock!
L&K: Thanks for calling! See you at the Pepsi gig, matey!