The opening lines of Ben Hanna’s first album “We Were All Like Whatever” will quickly bend your ear in a strange and unusual way. Hanna writes “I’m a pretty funny guy but I’m not hilarious/ I don’t make a lot of sense but I’m not mystarious/ and sometimes I just stare… I just stare at the wall”. Rhyming hilarious with mysterious is a small but insightful detail into Hanna’s distinctive approach to songwriting. The cadence is unusual the sentiment ranges from blah to snarling emotional poignance, and his references are relevant but fairly new to song writing; ranging from social media, to modern romance and unusual vice. Hanna is set to go back in the studio July of 2015 to produce his next album, but perhaps even more compelling are his live performances, be it solo or with his band, Ben Hanna and the Knighthawks.
“The dude’s quirky as hell, and he’s got this deadpan talk-singing thing going on that’s part Lou Reed and part John Prine, with a little bit of Johnathan Richman tossed in.” Hanna describes his music as a barrage of things, from “kids songs for adults” to “musical cartoons” and “punchy folk”. -Jon Solomon (Westword Magazine)