This new wave of pop-punk is really quite likable. Aussie, former-YouTube stars 5 Seconds Of Summer are riding high on this resurging trend and a proving there is still a place for it. Already hitting number one in the UK with their debut single, their success over here is actually quite suitable considering their name pretty much describes the weather of a typical British summertime.
The band’s self-titled debut 5 Seconds Of Summer offers a whole lot of raging, teenage, guitar-wielding smash hits. It’s all pretty similar sounding throughout, much like their British counterparts The Vamps, but the tracks recall a time when the Blink-182’s of the world ruled the radio.
Amongst the songs on the album is breakthrough hit ‘She Looks So Perfect’ as well as ‘18’ which makes light of the band’s youth ‘You’ve got me waiting in a line for a bar I can’t get into / I’m not old enough for you / I’ll just wait until I’m 18’ – at least they’re aware of this and not trying to grow up too quickly.
Second single ‘Don’t Stop’ has already hit No.2 in the UK singles chart and for good reason too – it’s an irrepressible, infectious number fuelled by the kind of energy you’d expect from a band made up of teenage lads. This the music they should be making.
Don’t expect much lyrically from the songs though, there’s loads of ‘hey hey heys’ and ‘doo doo doos’ but unlike One Direction, they at least sound like they know what they want to do musically. It’s the ‘woah-oh-ohs’ that play so well into the band’s overall appeal. Added to that is the matter of how well they all seem to be playing their instruments. Well done guys. There’s some musicians double your age that don’t play half as well. Lead singer Luke Hemmings can suit his voice perfectly to every song on the album too, so props to him.
Drippy, love-longing, preteen-pop tracks must have been left on the cutting room floor though as it seems 5 Seconds Of Summer are in fact rather naughty. Of course they’re always after some girl in tracks ‘Beside You’ and ‘Lost Boy’, but the lads really let their hormones do the talking with ‘Good Girls’ and deluxe edition bonus track ‘Voodoo Doll’.
On top of that, these boys have got major party fever. ‘Long Way Home’ and ‘Kiss Me Kiss Me’ offer toasts of ‘here’s to teenage memories’ and such. As long as this doesn’t fall on a school night, it’s fine with us. Then you have tracks like album-closer ‘Amnesia’ of which the band described as being very personal to them – whatever that really means – it’s not a song they can really get away with at this point in their lives or even career.
Anyone over the age of about twenty won’t find this relatable in the slightest and anyone with a brain would realise that’s not the point of 5 Seconds Of Summer. Maybe they’ll mature like a fine McFly someday. That’d be good to see. If you like your pop and even your rock a bit silly and youthful, you’ll like a fair few of the tracks presented here on 5 Seconds Of Summer.
Standout tracks: ‘Don’t Stop’ / ‘18’ / ‘Long Way Home’