Opening Act: Powers
November 4, 2015
West Hollywood, CA
By: Nevra Azerkan
Rating: [The Breakdown]
Joe Jonas is back with a new band, DNCE. The quartet embodies a crazy, fun, dance and rock style in their music. Their first single, “Cake by the Ocean” turned into an instant hit. With its catchy lyrics and feel-good vibes, it has become a popular tune for commercials and TV spots. Fronted by Jonas, the rest of the band includes Cole Whittle (formerly of Semi Precious Weapons), JinJoo Lee and Jack Lawless. The band is your classic group of oddball misfits that have emerged on the scene bringing something unique.
This sold-out show at The Roxy was their first LA show and needless to say, they killed it. The band performed some of their originals from their album, SWAAY including: “Pay My Rent”, “Toothbrush” and “DNCE” as well as some shockingly awesome covers of “Kiss” (Prince), “Thong Song” (Sisqo), and “Roxanne” (The Police). The band ended with “Cake by the Ocean” before walking back on stage to Queen’s “We Are The Champions” while they waved a random trophy around the stage. We did say they were oddballs, so don’t question the antics.
Overall, this in demand show was everything you would expect and more. The entire band contributes not only to their original sound, but also to their wildly entertaining stage presence. It was over before I knew it, and I was left wanting more music…and cake (ocean optional).