I just posted a review of the North American deluxe edition for the 5 Seconds Of Summer self titled album and decided I wasn't quite done talking about it. (In other words, its time for me to ramble on about a band. Read at your own risk, it might not all make sense, and will probably go in various directions.)
While I do not believe in a 'guilty pleasure', I'd almost call these guys a 'guilty pleasure' for me. Not because I feel guilty for listening to them, but because I know they're not exactly the most loved band out there. Well, actually, they sort of are, but the fact that they have been on tour with One Direction, I think made a lot of people automatically dislike them. Which is highly unfair to 5SOS, but I won't get into that.
Actually, I sort of will, just I will over look the unfair aspect. I really do not understand why they are on tour with One Direction, or why this is not the first tour they have done with them. I have nothing with 1D, in fact, I actually like a handful of their songs and from what I've seen in interviews, I quite like them as people. I just don't really understand how that pairing came to be. The sounds are completely different, and it simply just does not add up to me.
I started to say I don't even know who inspired 1D to come into existence, but then I remembered that Tom Fletcher from McFly has written some of their music. Maybe that plays a factor in the pairing? They're a pop band, hands down, but 5SOS is pop punk. Or pop rock, really. Whatever you want to call All Time Low is what you'd call 5SOS, I'd say.
Here's what I think is funny with them. I had heard their name but actually didn't even know they were a band for a while. I saw everywhere online but nobody said "I like 5SOS' music." or "I like this song by 5SOS." or anything that really hinted at them being a band. I actually thought it was a book or something for a couple months! I got curious one day and Googled it, but admittedly did no research. I saw they were a group, and on tour with One Direction and frankly, just assumed they were another boy band like 1D and wrote them off. It wasn't until I was watching TV one day and the "She's So Perfect" video came on. I decided to actually watch it, and before the song even really started, I was looking at them and automatically thought, "They remind me of All Time Low." If anyone knows me, they know that's a big selling point. All Time Low is one of my favorites, and anyone related to them tends to get my attention at least a little bit.
Then the song started and I found myself nodding along and thinking, "They even sound a bit like ATL..I like this." I went on Facebook and went to their Facebook page and was very pleased to see that their two biggest influences are All Time Low and Mayday Parade. It actually makes me happy to see a band inspired by those two doing so well.
I also think its quite cool seeing how All Time Low has reacted to them. They have met, in fact, it almost appears as though the boys in All Time Low have adopted 5SOS. Its great exposure for both bands, and probably a lot of fun for them. However, and I say this as a very big All Time Low fan, remember -when I first saw that the two band were hanging out, my first thought was, "Shit. Jack is going to corrupt those boys so fast."
This is actually the first band (I think) that I've ever liked where every single member of the band was younger than me. I think its great that they are finding such success so young, but I do think Jack Barakat is not the best influence for a couple of eighteen year olds. Again, I say that as a very big All Time Low fan, so I do not mean it in a bad way. Jack is just crazy, and we all know what he gets into. Its fun though, so maybe good for them for getting involved? I don't know. I think I'm just trying to justify what I said, ignore me if you'd like.
Anyways, my point is I really like 5 Seconds Of Summer, and do recommend people check them out. Also, I really do not understand why they are on tour with 1D. The planned four for next year with All Time Low makes more sense to me.
What are your thoughts on them? I'm going to shut up now. I had a bit on my mind and felt the need to elaborate. Check out the review, if you want by clicking here.
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