By Melanie Limon | Staff Writer |
Depression, rejection and heartbreak, the Australian pop-punk band 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS), welcomes us to, The New Broken Scene, a fandom where people who’ve struggled or have dealt with issues can come together and find positive vibes even if it’s just for the duration of a song
After being discovered on YouTube, and opening up for other artists like Hot Chelle Rae and One Direction, 5SOS members Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin went from performing for 12 people at the Annandale Hotel in Sydney to performing for thousands of people for their own headlining shows around the world.
5SOS break the typical “boy band” mold by collaborating with the lead singer of Goldfinger, John Feldmann, who is famous for writing and producing for various artists such as Panic! At the Disco, Plain White T’s, and All Time Low.
The band opens up about deep issues but still manages to have a positive sound in their new album “Sounds Good Feels Good,” which was released on Oct. 23.
Their new album includes upbeat songs such as “She’s Kinda Hot,” where crazy guitar and drum solos pump up even the quietest of people.
I believe the song holds a deep meaning, which is to follow your dreams and make your own decisions.
They then move on to speak about deeper issues like sadness and loneliness in their songs “Jet Black Heart” and “Invisible.”
There wasn’t a single song that I skipped when listening to the new album and that speaks volumes. Every song has a different concept and that’s what I love about it.
I connected to the song, “Invisible” the most, specifically to the lyrics “Who am I/When I don’t know myself/Who am I/ Invisible.”
I think we’ve all felt unheard and invisible at times, especially transitioning from a teenager to a young adult and trying to figure ourselves out and what our purpose is.
“I loved every song, and I loved that I was able to experience different kinds of emotions while listening to these songs, such as happiness and sadness,” said student Jocelyn Hernandez.
“We wanted to make a difference and sing about things that make [our audience] feel good and maybe understand themselves a little better,” said 5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin in an interview with Elvis Duran.
The main thing student Leydy Ramos enjoyed about the album was the fact that there wasn’t repetition within the lyrics, and that each song had its own uniqueness.
“They definitely achieved what they were trying to show in their album. They’ve mentioned that this album was going to be more mature from their debut album, and it has definitely showed. This album is more relatable,” said Hernandez.
While not everyone is a huge fan of the band, even the ‘nay-sayers’ such as student Suriel Chavez claim that based on what they have heard, the band is still definitely worth listening to.
If you’ve ever felt sad, lonely, or just in the need for a good song, the door is always open for 5SOS’ New Broken Scene.
To me, they are my favorite band and I believed their album was well thought out, mature, and awe-inspiring and believe that everyone should at least give their music a try.