-The Jonas Brothers are featured in the new issue of RollingStone (with Blake Lively & Leighton Meester on the cover), as part of the Spring Music Preview. The boys talk about the tentative title for the album, Lines, Vines and Trying Times and more:
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Talk about a Jonas bonus: This spring, in addition to debuting JONAS, a Monkees-style Disney series full of original tunes, the Jonas Brothers will also release their third full-length, tentatively titled Lines, Vines and Trying Times.
“The title is a bit of poetry we came up with on the set for the TV show,” says 16-year-old guitarist Nick Jonas, the trio’s main songwriter. “Lines are something that someone feeds you, whether it’s good or bad. Vines are the things that get in the way of the path that you’re on, and trying times — well, obviously we’re younger guys, but we’re aware of what’s going on in the world and we’re trying to bring some light to it.”
With help from producer John Fields, who worked on their previous two LPs, the Jonas Brothers decided to explore a few new sounds, like the horn section that fleshes out the Weezer-ish “Poison Ivy” — a tune about a toxic girl you can’t resist.
“We were really inspired by the Zutons,” says 19-year-old singer Joe Jonas. “We heard their new record, You Can Do Anything, when we were in Europe last year and got everyone around us hooked on it.” The boys started adding horns to a couple tunes and then a couple more. “The horns just keep sounding good!” Joe says. “The players are these amazing Minneapolis cats who have been doing it for years and are just unreal.” (Expect the JBs to bring some brass on the road with them this spring, as well.)
Meanwhile, playing at a charity tribute to Neil Diamond this February helped Nick find his new favorite legend. “You’ve heard those songs before a million times, but if you take a minute to pull them apart, you think, ‘Everything about these songs is so genius,'” says Nick. “It makes you think, ‘I could do that, too, if I just put my head to it like he did.'”