As they drop their long-awaited first album, the question remains: Is 5SOS just another boy band, or are the boys kick-starting a new wave of pop-punk music? TEARAWAY Maverick DEBORAH GRACE HADY reviews their self-titled debut.
There has been much debate lately about what type of music 5 Seconds of Summer – 5SOS for short – makes.
The boys started on YouTube, covering popular songs before rising to international fame when they opened for One Direction's Take Me Home tour. The four Australian heart-throbs – Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin – recently released their self-titled debut album, 5 Seconds of Summer.
5SOS is not exactly your typical boy band; they play their own instruments and write their own songs. Despite the media labeling them as a boy band, the members themselves insist that they are not one. However, they are not exactly in the same genre as Blink-182 or Green Day either.
5 Seconds of Summer overflows with fun, upbeat energy, and the boys’ genuine charm shines throughout the album. Most of the tracks are penned by the artists themselves, with help from the likes of All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth and Good Charlotte’s Benjamin and Joel Madden. The influence from the 5SOS’ musical idols – bands like Green Day, All Time Low, Blink-182 and Good Charlotte – can clearly be heard on the album.
The album’s first single, She Looks So Perfect is also the band’s first worldwide debut single. Peaking at #1 on the NZ singles chart, it is a catchy pop-rock tune. With lyrics like “You look so perfect standing there/ In my American Apparel underwear” and “Your lipstick stain is a work of art/I got your name tattooed in an arrow heart”, the four boys are clearly set to steal millions of girls’ heart everywhere.
End Up Here is another up-beat, fun offering. The band teamed up with their idol, All Time Low’s Alex Gaskarth to produce this track, which will have everyone clapping along. Amnesia, the album’s 3rd single, is a slow, heartfelt ballad, in which the boys get more serious and melancholic, reminiscing about a lost relationship. We have Good Charlotte’s Benjamin and Joel Madden to thank for this one.
5SOS is certainly redefining the pop-punk genre, infusing catchy pop tunes with rock-oriented guitar riffs that call for ever-so-slight headbanging. Whatever their genre is, the boys look like they are having a blast as they take over the world with their tunes.
5SOS is one of the hottest acts in music right now. With the right amount of charm, punky attitude and talent, their fame is evidently going to last much longer than five seconds. Their debut album combines catchy, fun pop tunes with a hint of punk rock; a must have for the summer playlist.