5 Seconds of Summer has taken the world by storm with the release of their new album Sounds Good Feels Good. Only hitting the spotlight around two years ago, the young band has become one of the most popular bands to come out of Australia. Just over a year ago, their debut self-titled album was released, which they spent over five months promoting on their worldwide arena tour, Rock Out With Your Socks Out.Their popularity has been a steady uphill climb and they haven’t shown any intentions of going down anytime soon. They have recently released yet another worldwide tour for 2016, Sounds Live Feels Live, with obvious hints to promo for their recently released album.
Sometime during the span of early 2015, 5 Seconds of Summer spent three months in an apartment in Los Angeles writing and recording Sounds Good Feels Good. Wanting to make this album more personal, drummer, Ashton Irwin, stated to the Daily Telegraph: “I want people to feel something. It’s more about connecting them with us.” That was exactly what they were able to do. Working with a few of their idols like Benji and Joel Madden from Good Charlotte, Alex Gaskarth from All Time Low, and Josh Ramsay from Marianas Trench, they were able to bring together 19 solid songs according to the deluxe version from Target.
The album starts off with the song “Money”, which has a completely different vibe than anything from their self-titled. With an edgier, more pop-punk influence, the band was able to bring an upbeat, instrument focused anthem to kick off Sounds Good Feels Good in the best possible way that they could.
The following two songs, “She’s Kinda Hot” and “Hey Everybody!”, were released as singles prior to the launch of the album. “She’s Kinda Hot” was released on July 17, 2015 and hit the charts in 18 different countries. Once this song announced as the first single of their album, fans were on the fence of the title, expecting the worse from the band full of three 19-year-olds and a 21-year-old. Much to everyone’s surprise, this song hit close to home for many of the fans. Bringing up the topics of mental disorders and encouraging that “you’ve got a shot” even after things don’t exactly seem to be going your way.
As the album continues on, 5 Seconds of Summer tunes into many different emotions; happiness, sadness, and everything in between. Fans are connecting with the lyrics more so than their self-titled album. With such relatable songs, fans are feeling more connected to the band and comforted by their words. This is exactly what they were aiming for and I think they were able to hit the nail right on the head. Songs like “Broken Home”, “Invisible”, and “Outer Space/Carry On” contain such strong meanings behind the words and it shows how much the young Australian band has come in the past year. With increased connection to the lyrics and focus on their experiences as they traveled the world at a young age, the band was able to express that it’s okay to feel these emotions and that, in time, it will get better.
As the days carry on, the album has continued to top the charts in multiple different countries and 5sos is continuing on this uphill road to success with Sounds Good Feels Good. Composed of a mixture of high energy pop songs and slow ballad-like tunes, this album can easily be seen as well-written and a step in a much more mature direction for the band as a whole. After spending weeks prior to the release posting graffiti on walls across the world to build up the suspense, 5 Seconds of Summer has done nothing but impress fans across the world. The album, needless to say, Sounds Good Feels Good.