5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer are very much a nostalgia trip for me. They’re like a poppy blend of One Direction, Busted and You Me At Six and as such are pretty likely to appeal to both younger audiences and become the guilty pleasure of anyone a bit older than their demographic.
I can’t say I was initially won over by these guys but they have grown on me a bit; from listening to their album I can hear that they’ve been influenced by many of my own favourite bands and though I won’t say I’m head over heels for 5SOS themselves I haven’t disliked listening to them. She Looks So Perfect and Don’t Stop have already been stuck in my head on multiple occasions thanks to constant radio plays so I’ve learnt to like them and the rest of the album follows suit with energetic pop-punk (emphasis on the pop) songs & catchy choruses.
Their songs are uplifting and bound to make people happy so I suppose they can’t be that bad really – no, they’re definitely not going to appeal to rock fans at all but I don’t think they ever really intended to. Longevity wise they’re likely to fit closely with their band name – they’re pretty much pure pop and definitely tailored to a youngish audience so unless they do a McFly and grow with their fans they’ll be in trouble. To be honest I’d happily have a cheeky dance and sing along to this though for the sake of my street cred I’d either need to be alone or really drunk.
In short this is an all around fun debut album. It lacks ambition but to be honest I’d happily have a cheeky dance and sing along to it (though for the sake of my street cred I’d either need to be alone or really drunk…).