By Shari Perlstein
On November 3rd, 5 Seconds of Summer released their sophomore album, “Sounds Good Feels Good.” 5 Seconds of Summer, or 5SOS, is not your average band. They look like a punk band, with their black skinny jeans and two guitarists, Michael Clifford and Luke Hemmings, one bassist, Calum Hood, and one drummer, Ashton Irwin, but their music has a slightly more pop sound, an aspect of the band that has obviously been influenced by their two tours with One Direction as well as their writing sessions with All Time Low’s frontman, Alex Gaskarth. In short, they are the perfect punk gateway band.
5SOS’s first album left something to be desired. It was the type of album you would expect from four teenage boys fresh out high school. Every song was about love, break-ups, and girls. But as cliché as it was, it was still a catchy album.
I preordered “Sounds Good Feels Good” because even though I was expecting songs with the same lack of depth as their first album, I love this band. Let me just say, “Sounds Good Feels Good” is a huge step away from their first album. They have the typical songs about girls, but they are a minority in the sea of songs about other topics. In their first single, “She’s Kinda Hot,” they talk about depression and constantly encourage their listeners that no matter how hard things get, “we’ll be alright though.” Another song, “Invisible,” talks about feeling alone.
On the Australian talk show “Sunday Brunch,” the members of 5SOS were asked about some of the messages in their songs. Irwin said, “It is important to us to actually mean something to kids. On the first album we were really young. We were about sixteen and we’ve travelled the world and we really wanted to write an album which talks about things that people are actually dealing with. It’s important to us to mean something to the fans; to be more than just a band to them.” Irwin elaborated on this by explaining that modern teenagers have to deal with everyone's opinions on how they should look or act or feel. People are more depressed and anxious than ever and they want to come across as a positive influence.
This album is definitely more personal than the last one. The songs talk about families splitting up and missing home and being afraid to waste their lives. Even the songs talking about girls are better written. They carefully created the lyrics to convey emotion and meaning.
Overall, “Sounds Good Feels Good” went above and beyond my expectations. It is masterfully written and the songs are just as catchy as the first album. Luke, Calum, Ashton, and Michael delved deep into their personal experiences and created something great. I would highly recommend this album, whether you buy it or listen to it on Apple Music, Youtube, or Spotify.
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