February 13, 2007
You can't swing a cat in downtown Lawrence without hitting a Hangauer.
Of the five (at last count) Hangauer siblings, four are active contributors to at least six local bands. Big brother Zachary launched Lawrence-based Rangelife Records in 2006, and immediately scheduled releases in from each of his brothers: Brendan's country-tinged rock outfit Fourth of July; Patrick's ambient-beat project 1,000,000 Light Years; and Kelly's eclectic, evolving Hunters and Gatherers.
Fourth of July is the longest-running of the Hangauer band projects-a six-piece, rock juggernaut employing horns, slide guitar and plaintive, whiskey-bent harmonies. Their first full-length recording is due this spring.
Street Level parks it on an ale crate in Jensen's Liquor to shoot the breeze with Fourth of July's Brendan and Patrick Hangauer about flying under the radar, working with prima donnas and keeping it all in the family.