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The Hanks are a Hollywood based band consisting of Josh Grondin (lead vocals, guitar), Bryan Harris (bass guitar, backing vocals), and Shane Mayo (drums). They carry a light, alternative rock sound with many effects on the guitar and keyboard. Some of the older songs can be considered ska because of the use of a trombone and upstroke guitar rhythm.


Josh and Bryan met at an Oregon boarding school. Josh and Bryan met Phil and Shane in upon moving down to LA in 2000. Shortly after this, Josh’s childhood friend Ben Welch (rhythm guitar, backup vocals) joined the band. Josh also played in Ben’s band named Darci Cash, Ben’s main project. As The Hanks and Darci Cash became busier and began to tour more, Josh and Ben had to leave each other’s bands and stick to their main projects.

The naming of the Hanks supposedly came about from an original band member that is not with the band anymore. During sometime in 1998 when the Oscars were on and Tom Hanks was nominated for something.

Their first full length record, Your New Attraction was first released March 2005, on Caffeine Teen Records, a label co-founded by The Hanks, along with LA-based bands Darci Cash and The Absentee. It was re-released September 26th, 2006 on Cobra Music. All songs on this album were written by Josh Grondin. The band also released two out of print EPs before moving to LA.

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  • mvldk666

    the Hanks ... Danish 60's band inspired by Cliff and the Shadows ... therefore the Hanks

    11 Mar 2011 Reply
  • GabeForsell

    Snap. I'm a top listener? I didn't even know that.

    4 Jun 2009 Reply
  • BustedEuphoria

    oh my gosh, the hanks are in my display pic! i freaking love them.

    14 Jan 2009 Reply
  • nouvellevie

    Why aren't these guys bigger?

    1 Dec 2008 Reply
  • snixon17

    The Hanks are AMAZING. Listen now, it'll be the best decision ever.

    14 Nov 2008 Reply
  • xBretticus

    What the...I'm surprised there aren't more people listening to them. "Distance" is the soundtrack to my college years. Album of the decade for me, really.

    12 Sep 2008 Reply
  • zieglejn

    Shameless Plug- I interviewed the Hanks this past weekend and I'm playing the interview on my internet radio show tonight: (midnight delight 10-Midnight EST) P.S. We went out for ice cream afterward... They're so nice!!

    10 May 2008 Reply
  • seanwontonmaybe

    does anyone know if josh's Colorado is on sale at the new shows?

    1 Apr 2008 Reply
  • jamabake

    w00t ... new Hanks cd!

    8 Jan 2008 Reply
  • Punkrockerdan

    the video for Sometimes is hilarious!

    5 Jan 2008 Reply
  • heather-zebul

    I bought The Hanks CD at Warped Tour a few years ago and it was one of the best decisions I've ever made

    8 Oct 2007 Reply
  • seanwontonmaybe

    the hanks need to come to la east coast. now.

    29 Aug 2007 Reply
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    25 Jun 2007 Reply
  • hopestar00

    The Hanks are Amazing!

    18 Apr 2007 Reply
  • jamabake

    Wow, more people need to listen to The Hanks ... They're better than your favorite band ...

    17 Apr 2007 Reply
  • maybelater2089


    15 Mar 2007 Reply
  • MoooritzD

    h a n k s!

    21 Jan 2007 Reply