The Washington Post published an intriguing and sweet profile of the Boys yesterday, which I initially missed in the madness of this week’s print stories and appearances (that I have yet to catch up on)!! There is a lot of the retread in there, But there are a couple of nice, new moments for fans like us.
However, for my own part, I disagree with the assertion towards the end (which you see in many other places) that the primary reason people love them is simply the “purity and faithfulness” angle. I admire and respect that part of their persona very much, but it was not what held my interest. To be quite honest, what has hooked me about them is what normal, culturally-savvy and fun guys they seem to be…in some ways despite that more easily recognized, clean-cut part of their personalities.
Anyway – A few of my favorite segments, after the jump:
“The boys were talking to me the other day and were like, ‘Dad. Dad? DAD!’ ” says Kevin Jonas Sr., the trio’s father and co-manager. “Finally I turned around and said, ‘Guys, don’t be frustrated. If I can’t hear, it’s your fault.’[The girls] are always screaming, and it gets loud; the decibel level is medically intense” — 115 to 120 decibels at a typical Jonas Brothers concert, he says. Sandblasting is roughly 115 decibels. At 120, you’re getting into jet-on-a-runway territory and closing in on the pain threshold.
” ‘Living the dream’ started as a joke, but now it’s true,” Kevin Jr. says. “It’s really awesome. . . . We waited so long to have a tour bus, to have an audience to play in front of — to have anything, really.”
What the JoBro-slagging music critics don’t know, the little girls understand — though Rolling Stone did just award “A Little Bit Longer” four stars out of five, calling it “as assured as any American rock album released in 2008” and declaring the brothers the messiahs of power pop. (“We were shocked,” Nick says about the review. “I thought they had the wrong band.”)
Aw! We all knew they certainly did not have the wrong band.