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They're Wanted, all right

Members of the British-Irish band, who ironically broke through with a song called 'All Time Low,' will perform Wednesday at OC Fair.

August 06, 2013|By Rhea Mahbubani
  • The Wanted will perform at the Pacific Amphitheatre at 8:15 p.m. Wednesday.
The Wanted will perform at the Pacific Amphitheatre at… (Steve Schofield )

Life on the road has been a hotbed of adventures for the Wanted.

Waking up in different time zones, digging through suitcases, eating potatoes for breakfast, squabbling and leaving smelly socks lying around have all contributed to the rapport shared by the quintet.

Although having fun is a priority, members of the British-Irish boy band, united by a bone-deep passion for music, remind themselves that they are blessed.

"It's a really exciting journey we are on. I mean, I'm sitting in my hotel looking at a theme park," guitarist Siva Kaneswaran, 24, said by phone from San Jose. "So I get to sing and then go on theme park rides for my job. We're very fortunate."

Fortune will smile, too, upon Orange County — and maybe its female population in particular — on Wednesday when the Wanted take the stage at the OC Fair's Pacific Amphitheatre.

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"We just started hearing some of the music from the forthcoming album, so I think fans of the band can look forward to hearing some of that live," amphitheater entertainment director Dan Gaines said. "In fact, since some of the music was just debuted on Ryan Seacrest's radio show this past Saturday, it may be the first time any audience has heard it."

When asked about the demographic that such a show might attract, Gaines chortled, "Well, I'm guessing women. They're handsome young guys."

Max George, Jay McGuiness, Nathan Sykes, Tom Parker and Kaneswaran were selected from a pool of nearly 8,000 hopefuls at the time of the group's genesis in 2009.

Kaneswaran, a former model of Sri Lankan and Irish heritage, recalled auditioning for the band with a rendition of "When We're Gone," an original penned at the time of his high school graduation. Much to his shock, Kaneswaran received a callback the next day, and the ball hasn't stopped rolling since.

To outsiders, the group's success seems steep and fast-moving but, in fact, the musicians spent most of their first year shuffling between school and club gigs. They were even pelted with bottles onstage, Kaneswaran recalled.

And then it happened.

"All Time Low," the debut single from the Wanted's eponymous first album, dropped in 2010 and rocketed to No. 1 on the UK Singles Chart.

Or, as Kaneswaran said, "Everyone went crazy."

The band received positive feedback for the music that followed and decided to experiment with its typically upbeat sound. "Glad You Came," part of the band's second album, "Battleground," was released in 2011.

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