Last week, Joe Jonas quietly released a mysterious teaser for a new band he’s in called DNCE. Naturally, we were thrilled to find out the former Jonas Brothers singer is going back to the band life, but the sneaky snippet left us with a lot more questions than answers.
Now, DNCE have delivered on the promise to be our “new favorite band” by sharing their debut single, “Cake By The Ocean.” And hot damn, it makes you want to jump up and DNCE.
The funk-fueled jam is all groove and shimmer, arriving in a burst of ecstasy that sounds like equal parts Daft Punk and Earth Wind & Fire. Jonas handles the vocals, including an impressive falsetto on the catchy chorus, as he confidently pleads, “You’re a real live fantasy/But you’re moving so carefully/Let’s start living dangerously.” The quartet is rounded out by guitarist JinJoo Lee, who’s played with Charli XCX and CeeLo Green; former Semi-Precious Weapons bassist Cole Whittle; and former Jo Bros drummer Jack Lawless.
In an interview with New York radio station Z100 right before the song’s premiere, Jonas confirmed the song’s title is somewhat of a sexual innuendo, saying he worked with a pair of Swedish producers who used “cake by the ocean” as another name for “sex on the beach.” He also touted the song’s lightness, catchiness and danceability — which we only expected given the group’s moniker.
And as for that missing “A” in DNCE? Lee said its imperfectness is somewhat of a mission statement for the band, insisting you don’t have to be a pro dancer to show off your moves. Just like Joe did here, after hearing the song on the radio for the first time.
All you have to do, as DNCE would say, is go crazy, crazy.