Learning from the masters

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 23 August, 2009, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 23 August, 2009, 12:00am

The Jonas Brothers do not really need any introduction. If you are a fan of the hottest boy band in the United States, you would probably know almost everything about them.

They have been in the music business for four years, and have sold more than 8 million albums worldwide. Fans would also know about their purity rings, their on-and-off relationships with fellow starlets (Nick and Miley Cyrus, Joe and Taylor Swift), the existence of Bonus Jonas, and Nick's diabetes history.

The brothers are involved in an all-star Disney collaboration, Send It On, which also features Demi Lovato, Miley Cyrus and Selena Gomez.

Despite the boys' achievements, many would still consider the New Jersey trio as bubble-gum teen-idols, not serious musicians. But they are certain to disagree.

They are, in fact, very serious about their profession and quite prolific as well - they have already released four records.

With their latest studio album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times, the Jonas Brothers say they are determined to prove they are a genuine band.

They've added different musical instruments like horns and strings to enrich their usual catchy tunes and are hoping to build up their sound.

They say the songs on the album are a journal about all the things they have gone through and personal experiences which inspire them.

The songs also have more mature themes, such as learning from life and personal development.

The siblings say they been working on trying to use metaphors 'to kind of mask a literal thing that happens to us'.

As you grow up, you learn from the masters, and the boys are doing just that.

They co-wrote Paranoid - the lead single in Lines - with renowned music maker Cathy Dennis (Toxic, Can't Get You Out Of My Head, I Kissed A Girl) and producer John Fields.

The outcome is a haunting pop-rock track that will stay in your head for a long time.

They are also trying new things to get inspiration. The brothers voiced three animated marble cupids in Ben Stiller's Night at the Museum 2 and created Fly With Me with their bassist, Greg Garbowsky. The song was used in the film's end credits.

But, sometimes, it takes creativity to make a great song. And in Black Keys - another track from their latest album - Nick proved that he can work his magic on 'half a piano'.

'The inspiration for this song came by way of sitting one day at a piano and writing my first song using only the black keys,' he says.

Lines is an ambitious project which tries to portray the band as mature musicians. For some, trying to grow up too fast is not necessarily a good idea. However, Lines became the band's second number one album.

That's not hard to foresee. The brothers have a huge fan base, especially among young girls.