THURSDAY, MAY 19, 2016 |
Posted by: Mandi Dudek
If you havent heard yet, Joe Jonas has formed an American "pop" group called DNCE and all we can say is WTF. I mean, all Disney stars have a little bit of a stigma once they're adults and people still think of them as a child star. Look at Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Christina Aguilera and Miley Cyrus. They all had to shock the world a little bit by dressing provocatively and singing about sex while the world still viewed them as a 12-year-old. For a group of brothers, like the Jonas Brothers, it must be even harder to break-free from your Disney life and make a career as an individual. Kevin Jonas did some acting, continued to sing a little low-key, and got married. Nick Jonas does a bunch of acting and released a self-titled studio album featuring his dance R&B/pop track, "Jealous." And then there is Joe...
Joe Jonas has tried really hard - I'll give him that. As a middle child myself, his post-Jonas Brothers career reminds me a bit what us middle children call the middle child syndrome. You try and try again, and when all else fails, do something completely out there that gains some attention. Joe Jonas released a debut solo-album in 2011, Fastlife, and it was all right but didnt go very far. Then he turned to songwriting for several other artists and that just didn't meet his needs for being a person who was once in the limelight. So, he went pretty extreme on the spectrum by gathering a few unique characters and formed a band called DNCE.
DNCE has released some very ~pointless~ songs with some extremely empty lyrics. The debut single, "Cake by the Ocean" is funky, extremely catchy, and we completely understand why it did so well on the charts. But calling a song "Cake by the Ocean" is what happens when old Disney stars sing about having sex on the beach but they know there's tween fan's ears listening. "You should be rolling with me, you should be rolling with me, ah / You're a real-life fantasy, you're a real-life fantasy" followed by "I-I-I-I-I-I keep on hoping we'll eat cake by the ocean." Middle school-aged children still get the "OK" to listen from their parents and DNCE immediately has the Jonas Brothers cult following. On top of that, the music video has real-life emojis, a beach party, and swiping right on Bumble. Of course it did so well.
It was the tracks that followed that left us feeling a little confused. Not only do they lack creativity, depth and effort, but we can't tell if they're meant to be a joke or not. "Toothbrush" is an entire song about a girl leaving her toothbrush at a guy's apartment and as we all know, thats a pretty big step in the beginnings of a relationship. But who needs a whole song about it? "Baby you dont have to rush / you can leave a toothbrush at my place" is the extent of the chorus. Theres potential in the song if youre listening whilst multi-tasking and not actually listening to the laugh-worthy lyrics. No, Joe, I wont leave a toothbrush at your place.
"Pay My Rent" is essentially saying, the power lies within whoever pays the rent. Joe Jonas is singing in his usual falsetto as he whines, "Would you pay my rent?" then continues about how it'll be money well spent and he'll give you all the power. "I'll never say never to your wishes / I'll never let you fall / You always know, always know I'm with it / I'm always on call" All of these promises come with paying his rent. Is he singing to his mother? What kind of low-life guy asks you to pay his rent? C'mon Joe, hold your own. Independence is sexy.
All-in-all, it's just frustrating that DNCE has the potential to be a lot more than they're setting themselves up to be. They have a Stevie Wonder mixed with Mayer Hawthorne vibe, but the problem lies in the lyrics. WTF is the point of putting out good-sounding music if there isn't effort put into what is being said? If they're trying to set themselves apart by being a colorful, unique, dance-pop band with funky songs that's one thing, but with songs called "Cake by the Ocean" and "Toothbrush," Joe is going to need some luck breaking free of the Disney image.