The Australian boyband 5 Seconds of Summer is currently on top of the world with their second studio album Sounds Good Feels Good and with Kerrang heavily promoting the band and album I decided to take a closer look and see if it's any good.
The band formed back in 2011 in Sydney after the members became YouTube stars producing covers of famous songs such as Mike Poser’s “Please Don’t Go” and Chris Brown’s “Next to You”. It wasn’t long after this they attracted a lot of interest from record labels before finally signing with Sony Music. They
then released their first EP Unplugged which reached number 3 on the Australian iTunes chart. Following this their international following blew up when One Direction member Louis Tomlinson posted their youtube link stating he had been a fan for a while. Following a stint as the support act for One Direction in the UK, US, Australia and New Zealand they finally got down to writing and released a self titled and live album.
Released on the 23rd of October Sounds Good Feels Good is the band’s attempt to show they have staying power and not just a one trick pony, while they succeed in this, I found it lacklustre and missing something, perhaps a soul. The pop-punk foursome just sound like Good Charlotte in their prime but lacking the tongue in check feel. The two lead singles “She’s Kinda Hot” and “Hey Everybody” released in the build up were decent enough and got a lot of air time on Kerrang here in the UK but again just feel like massed produced pop sound for the masses. Nothing on the album stood out and said here is the future of music.
5 Seconds of Summer are taking over the world right now, but this album is just not for everyone and definitely not for me. I can honestly say while listening to this album all week, there was never a moment I enjoyed it. They’ve announced a major tour for 2016 with dates in Asia, UK, Ireland and the US, I honestly tell you know you won’t catch me there. 5 Seconds of Summer aren’t a rubbish band where you wonder if it is just a gimmick (looking at you Jedward) but they are too pop for my tastes, someone let me know if they ever find the dark side and go heavy.
Written by Dan.