The most Wanted
Published: 20 Jul 2010 09:000 comments
The latest pop sensation have been causing a stir across the country with their new single, All Time Low, and the wonder boys made a pit stop at the John Madejski Academy (JMA) in Whitley for a one-off performance.
The Wanted are made up of Max George, 21, from Manchester, Siva Kaneswaran, 21, from Ireland, Tom Parker, 21, from Bolton, Nathan Sykes, 17, from Gloucester and Jay McGuiness, 19, from Nottingham. But these boys are not a traditional boy band and come from different backgrounds.
Tom started playing guitar aged 16, Siva comes from a working musical family, Max was a footballer until he tried his hand at singing, Nathan attended the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, and Jay was a dancer.
It was a gruelling nine-month audition process that brought the boys together. Nathan said: "Tom loves Oasis, Joe listens to Cat Stevens and I love Boyz II Men, that kind of stuff. We have a real range of different musical interests. That's how we all write. It kind of works."
The boys, who are being labelled as the new 'lad band' have a packed summer ahead touring with The Saturdays.
Nathan added: "We had a show together last night and we had a football match with them. We were going to let them win but they got a bit competitive. They were convinced they were Cristiano Ronaldo. They're really cool."
The boys have also been in the studio recording their debut album which they describe as "up-beat music" and "not a typical boy band album", claiming there is "something for everyone". They look set to hit the big time.
The Wanted, who are barely out of school and college themselves, have been touring schools around the country.
Nathan said: "It's quite an old-fashioned way of doing it, like Take That and Peter Andre did all those years ago. I think it's good, it's put out a good reaction on Facebook.
"You get to meet all the people who like your music. The last time we did it, when we got to the last song that they'd been hearing on the radio, they just stormed the stage. We were like 'oh my God, we're really scared'."
The boys performed at JMA in Hartland Road, on Monday last week and when The Guide spoke to them before the show, they were looking forward to it.
Nathan said: "I used to pass Reading on the train every day going to school. We've got to go all over the UK but we haven't been to Reading yet so we're really excited."
Pupils were treated to the band's latest single, All Time Low, which is released nationwide on Monday, July 26.