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‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ has unexpected variety

Cover art for “Sounds Good Feels Good” / Wikipedia / Capitol Records Fair Use
5 Seconds of Summer also created their own music label called Hi or Hey Records.

5 Seconds of Summer created a good variety of songs on their newest album that ranged from their traditional pop punk sound to slow ballads.

The band started off their career by uploading covers of songs on YouTube. Their videos attracted attention, and they were signed to Sony/Associated Television Publishing.

Without much promotion besides Twitter and Facebook, the band’s first Extended Play, “Unplugged,” reached the Top 20 in New Zealand, Sweden, and Australia. Their popularity increased when they were promoted by Louis Tomlinson of One Direction.

In 2013, 5 Seconds of Summer joined One Direction for some of the shows on the “Take Me Home Tour” and also played a national headlining tour in Australia. During this, the band became more popular and was signed to Capitol Records. Under the new label, the band released their debut major single “She Looks So Perfect.” The band also joined One Direction for their shows on the “Where We Are Tour” in 2014.

“Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour” was the band’s first headlining tour that went to multiple continents including Europe, Australia, New Zealand, and North America in 2015. They also released their most recent and second studio album, “Sounds Good Feels Good.”

One of the things that 5 Seconds of Summer did really well in “Sounds Good Feels Good” was use the music to help tell the story in their lyrics.

“Broken Home” was one of the songs that had a very serious theme about a household that is crippled by arguing parents. This theme was accented by the use of violins and piano in the background and less of the electric guitar which was prominent in some of the other songs.

Another song called “Vapor” had a lingering guitar line in the beginning that sounded like smoke when paired with the vocals that sounded wispy and fleeting.

For the pop punk sound that 5 Seconds of Summer is known for, they have the single from the album “She’s Kinda Hot” along with “Fly Away” and “Waste the Night.”

In “Waste the Night,” the band’s influences shined through. Near the end of the song there was a section that sounded extremely similar to Blink-182’s “I Miss You.”

The album had the 5 Seconds of Summer pop punk sound but was also able to showcase more aspects of the band and their abilities. The music was also perfectly written to coincide with the lyrics in the songs and altogether this made the album stand out from other pop or pop punk albums.

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About the Contributor
Kiera Pendleton-White
Kiera Pendleton-White, Staff Writer
Kiera Pendleton-White is a senior and journalism student at Carlmont High School. She enjoys anything that has to do with music or reading. @Kierapw98

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