"YOUR LIPSTICK STAIN IS A WORK OF ART…" | SOUND OFF: 5 SECONDS OF SUMMER
by Miss Atomic Bomb
If One Direction’s Harry Styles created his own spin-off band, they’d probably look and sound exactly like 5 Seconds Of Summer, an Australian pop punk band that caters to today’s “soft grunge” youth. While they’re not exactly for everyone, I have a special fondness for pop punk because it reminds me of days when I used to blast my own fair share of Simple Plan, Blink 182, Sum 41, etc. — back when the genre reached its peak circa early 2001 and when today’s millennials are either just popping out or at the very least, still learning how to walk.
But beyond nostalgia, I like how there’s no pretense to 5 Seconds Of Summer. They have a specific aesthetic (with a lot of help from American Apparel it seems) and their music serves that. There’s no trying to accommodate the ”indie” crowd but there’s not a whole desire to be the next One Direction either (even though the media likes to pit them against each other quite a lot). They’re young and charming, cheerful and a whole lot of fun, sure. But they rock that gitara quite a bit and put out a cheeky sneer or two just enough to win the hearts of today’s tye-dyed shirt wearing young generation.
They’re more pop than punk as of now but by allowing them room for growth and with people from McFly helping them out with writing their own songs, they have the potential to eventually produce hits like my own favourite gem below:
They’re already gaining popularity but also, maybe, somewhere down the line when today’s youth reach their mid-20s, they’d be able to look back to these days and remember every lyric to their songs. Music is an effective time machine and 5 Seconds Of Summer can be a great vehicle for it.