Amnesia EP- 5 Seconds of Summer- Review (and a bit of a ramble)
I have a lot to thank 5 seconds of summer for. I’ve been a fan since last October (When we all had to struggle with the live versions with hysterical screaming of their songs as they promised the album would be out ‘soon’ something they’d been saying for the past 2 years…) and damn its changed my life a lot. Ok that sounds over the top and like I’m one of those crazy fans who say a band has saved their life (I believe in what oasis said in ‘don’t look back in anger’ “please don’t put your life in the hands of a rocks and roll band” if you get too far involved in the lives of an idol so that you feel like you can’t survive without them, then I think things have gone too far, anyway that’s a whole other can of worms so I’ll stop now). Being a fan of 5sos just happened to be a catalyst for some good things that happened in my life, mainly ‘finding’ my two best friends through mutual love of the band and their music, but not just that, 5sos opened my eyes to a different music scene I hadn’t really had much experience of. I was brought up on indie and rock, that was, in general not very modern (though my favourite band was, and still is one of them, the white stripes), anyway I didn’t really know that much about punk. Before people start yelling and saying they’re not punk (though personally I would say they are pop punk), the point isn’t about their music, its about the music that influences them. The majority of the time when I find a new band its through another band I have been listening to, so with 5sos all you need to do is follow them on any social media for a pretty much constant stream of music recommendations. Basically I discovered the 21st century punk scene through 5sos, a little strange I know but I figure it had to happen sooner or later through one band or another, 5sos just happened to be that band for me.
Also one more thing before I start the proper serious music review I just want to say a bit about 5sos and female teenage fans which seem to discredit them as a band. This just makes me so mad because it suggests all teenage girls are shallow and only care that they are good looking, some girls I’ll admit are like that but its unfair to say that all of us are and its also unfair that this should mean people assume, or continue to think despite listening to the music, that they are untalented. There’s a quote from this wonderful website that says “Do you know what’s the worst? Being in love with someone famous not just based on looks but their talent, message and every small detail about them. No matter how intelligently you explain it people will still just say you’re a silly teenager who thinks a famous boy is cute.” and I think that is really appropriate for 5sos, because that’s how I and many others feel about them (though for me personally, I wouldn’t say I’m in love with them). I like them for their music and their personalities and the way they look would not change that.
Anyway here’s the actual review of 5 seconds of summer’s latest EP Amnesia. The third single of their long long awaited self titled début album released last June/July is much slower and more meaningful than the previous ‘she looks so perfect’ and ‘don’t stop’, both high energy and more on the pop-y side of their material. Unusually, the band had little input in the writing of this single, but who really cares when the writers are Benji and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte? According to 5SOS the brothers had had the song pretty much finished for a while but they were just looking for the band they thought would be perfect to release it, and lucky for the young Australian guys the brothers thought they clicked perfectly with the song. The premise of the song is the 5SOS boys reminiscing over a failed relationship that they cant get over and includes its fair share of heart breaking lines, “And the dreams you left behind you didn’t need them, like every single wish we ever made, cause I’m not fine at all”; pair this with some melancholy chords and a crack in the voice of the lead singer Luke and you’ve got yourself a real tear-jerker.
The second song on the EP is a new song ‘daylight’, the sixth original song of theirs to be released on an EP, not to try and entice fans to buy the singles as well as the albums as you might think, but as the drummer Ashton said they just had too many songs they wanted to release and found a way around this through the EP’s. Like she looks so perfect and don’t stop I’d say this song is a more pop-y song with an extra twist of quirky lyrics (I’ve got a friend who’s committed to scifi, He’s read every comic he’s addicted to Twilight, He’ll give you the goose bumps, But he’s never lead me wrong) and strong guitars.
Then to top of this EP along with the live version of Amnesia from Wembley Stadium, we have the cover of American Idiot by Green Day and my favourite song off the EP, which 5SOS originally produced for Kerrang! Magazine’s American Idiot tribute CD in June, a collection of artists covering the songs of Green Day’s most famous album. When I heard 5SOS were going to be taking part in this tribute CD I was beyond excited, one of my favourite bands covering a song off one of my favourite albums of another favourite band, and they didn’t let me down. The band actually got quite a lot of stick for being a part of this CD, many hard core Green Day fans thought they were way to pop, but actually after they did this and they did it so well they earned a lot more respect. For me I think it’s one of the best covers I’ve heard, they have managed to strike a pretty perfect balance between putting their own spin on it but not changing the song too drastically, I love it, and I urge any sceptics who don’t believe they could have done good job to just go and have a listen, you never know, you might be surprised.