5 Seconds of Summer: From Pop Punk Darlings to Bonafide Pop Stars
The best thing a young band can do to stay relevant and interesting is evolving your sound. It’s a double-edged sword though, because if not correctly done it could lead to the demise of a band. One of the best examples is the Australian quartet 5 Seconds of Summer. Forming in 2011, they gained YouTube star status by posting covers of other bands. Right off rip you notice how vocally talented each member was, doing four-part harmonies almost effortlessly. It was contagious and earned them millions of views.
5SOS earned international success when the English/Irish boy band One Direction. In 2014 they release their first single “She Looks So Perfect” which topped the charts in several different countries. Their self-titled album was released later that year, peaking at number one in 11 different countries. In October of 2015 they released their sophomore album “Sounds Good, Feels Good”. They certainly didn’t experience a sophomore slump, with the album topping the charts in 8 different countries.
Within their first 2 albums you will hear sounds of your youth. Lots of influence from bands likes Blink-182 and All Time Low, it’s enough to make any millennial feel nostalgic. Top it off with vocals that any boy band would be jealous of. They had a big influence into bringing Pop Punk back into the mainstream. After touring and promoting “Sounds Good, Feels Good” they started working on their third album.
The boys released a song entitled “Want You Back” in February 2018 and from the second the songs starts you can hear the evolution of the band. It wasn’t the same 4 four kids playing the music they grew up on. It was four grown men who found and honed their sound. The production value was other worldly, and the song writing had matured. It was a breath of fresh air. Later that year they release the album “Young Blood”. With a lot of 80 new wave pop sounds, it’s an infectious album that will have to screaming the lyric at the top of your lungs during your daily commute. It was mature a refined sound with songs like “Talk Fast”, “Youngblood” and “Valentine”. You are almost certain to bob your head and tap your toes to the beat. “Youngblood” debuted at number 1 in the Australian and US Billboard Top 200, proving the risk to mature their sound payed off.
5 Seconds of Summer went from Pop Punk darlings to bonafide pop stars. They matured and took great leaps with every single album they release. Using The Beatles and Queen for their main influences on their third album, they took a crucial step into cementing their legacy. Changing or evolving your sound can often be the demise of a band, but you if you hit that sweet spot… well, you could end up being like 5 Seconds of Summer.