Watch two clips from their reality series "The Wanted Life," which premieres on June 2.
When the Wanted moved into a Los Angeles mansion for E!'s unscripted show "The Wanted Life," the English-Irish quintet was deep into recording sessions that, to date, have only yielded the single "Walks Like Rihanna." More than show a vocal group at work, members of the Wanted hope the E! series, which premieres June 2, provides an opportunity to get their music out to the public.
"Obviously we're trying to utilize this as a tool to get music out there," Jay McGuiness tells Billboard from E!'s headquarters where the band, minus Nathan Sykes, was spending a day doing interviews.
"Also, if people care about the people who are singing, they pay more attention to the songs when they come out. (Fans will see) the ins and outs of our personalities and relationships, and these songs will be the soundtrack of our lives at this point in time. Hopefully there will be more of a connection with a song than just, 'That's catchy.'"
Band members figure they have recorded at least 50 songs since scrapping an album that was completed last year. "I think when we heard the album all together, it was a collection of good and mediocre pop songs," McGuiness says.
"No real feel to it," Siva Kaneswaran adds.
Relocating to Los Angeles offered more studios, more musicians and more producers/songwriters such as Lukasz "Dr. Luke" Gottwald, who produced "Walks Like Rihanna." The single was released May 28.
"It should be the best album we've done to date because we've certainly spent a lot more time on this," McGuiness notes.
The band members agree television is a crucial medium to help them build an audience in the U.S. on par with the rest of the world – even if it did mean attempting to show them in a light to which they are not accustomed.
"Living in a huge mansion together did take some getting used to," Max George says. "Having your bandmates around you all the time was strange. When we watch it back, we'll see a bit and say, 'That was awesome,' and see another bit and say, 'Oh my God.'"