If someone had asked me before hearing this song where I thought Joe Jonas would fit best in the entertainment industry post The Jonas Brothers, my answer probably would have been that he doesn’t. With Nick Jonas out in front taking over the role of the Justin Timberlake/Robbie Williams of the group and Kevin Jonas taking up the reality show side of things, it seemed like Joe was left to pick up the scraps of what the boy band once was.
Perhaps, however, the scraps were all he needed to make something great happen. Mid-way through September 2015 Joe released a single called Cake by the Ocean with his brand new band called DNCE. The band comprises of former The Jonas Brothers drummer Jack Lawless, Semi Precious Weapons bassist Cole Whittle and guitarist JinJoo Lee.
From the glimpse into DNCE that the first single gives us, it appears as if this band is what Maroon 5 could have been doing in 2015 if they hadn’t sold their souls to the devils of generic pop. Joe Jonas in DNCE is Adam Levine, with all the groove and falsetto but with out any of Levine’s out of this world arrogance – and the music is infinitely more enjoyable as a result.
Picking up on the current funk trend that has been rippling through much of the mainstream top 40, DNCE fuses it with dance to create a modern, exciting, catchy and fresh disco sound. The name of the song alone is enough to capture anyone’s attention and apparently came from the Swedish producers of the song Mattman & Robin (along with Semi Precious Weapons’ Justin Tranter) muddling up the name for the cocktail Sex on the Beach.
The band performed the song for the first time on television on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, and did a fantastic job. Joe’s vocals were for the most part on point and it’s pretty clear that he was born to be the front man in bands. DNCE is full of energy and Cake by the Ocean is a very strong starting point to launch their career as a big name in top 40 music.