Max George, Siva Kaneswaran, Jay McGuiness, Tom Parker and Nathan Sykes. Girls, meet The Wanted! Described as one of the most well received boy bands in years, The Wanted are now landing on the latest cover of Glamoholic magazine. The five boys sit down for a chat and talk about their beginnings as a band, their upcoming album, touring with Justin Bieber, and many more.
Asked whether they had any reservations whatsoever going into this project, Jay admits that, “I think when we first started, which was about three years ago. Everyone was nervous about being in a boy band. The idea of being in a boy band was the same as the one that was in the nineties. Which was dancing and often lip-syncing. We didn’t want to do that. We were nervous but quickly realized that we all had the same idea of where we want to go, how we wanted to do it and what songs we liked. So by the time we came here I think we know who we are now, I think we’re very happy.”
Besides their great talent and unique looks, the guys are also famous for their courageous statements. “Sometimes if we’re out of line we’ll be told ‘Boys remember your manners!’. We’re all grown men, sometimes we have heated discussions with record labels or management but I think we often know where to draw the line. We’re just honest,” Tom told the magazine.
It seems that the Beckhams and their kids are huge fans The Wanted. But do the boys see them often? “Yes, we’ve seen the kids the other day. They came to see us at Wango Tango. They’re really well brought up kids, really beautiful kids. We see David all the time but we have not met Victoria,” they told Glamoholic.
On the craziest moments they experienced while touring with Justin Bieber, the boys reveal that, “We toured with him in Brazil, but for me the one that stood out was the O2 in London because none of the kids there knew about it and we got brought out to the stage and everyone was just losing their mind.”
The first single from their second album, ‘Gold Forever’, reached number three on the UK Singles Chart, while the single “Glad You Came”, topped the singles chart in the United Kingdom for two weeks, and in Ireland for five weeks. But how do they feel about doing it again with ‘Chasing The Sun’? “It’s weird because everyone’s still loving ‘Glad You Came’ and ‘Chasing The Sun’ doesn’t really start building for another couple weeks at radio. So it feels like a bit of pressure. Our profile has gone higher and higher. Obviously you’ve got to deliver the music as well and that’s been a really important feature for all of us. The music has always been really good so hopefully we get the same reaction,” Tom explains.
In the interview with Glamoholic the boys also dish on how much they are involved in the creative process of their videos. “First couple of videos it was very record label based if you watch the video ‘Heart Vacancy’ we’re walking down the streets looking a pack of biscuits,” Tom says. “Like Krispy Kremes,” Siva adds.
On the sound of the new album, Jay reveals that, “Actually, we were listening to a lot of the songs today because we have not all heard the songs that each been writing, and I think it’s gonna be an absolute stomper. Some songs are kind of aggressive and others are still like party vibe. I think that will always be a theme for us.”
Speaking about their relationship behind the cameras, Tom confesses in the magazine’s cover story that, “We’re all really cool, from the moment we moved in together we all had the same idea about where we wanted to go. Just in terms of being friends as well. We all like to party and we all like girls.” Jay adds that, “We don’t live together anymore, we lived together for about two years because we all lived away from London. It made no sense for us to travel so we got our first house together, which was great. It was a total mess but it’s a real quick way of getting to know somebody.”
Photos courtesy of Glamoholic