Friday, 23 October 2015

Sounds Good Feels Good - 5 Seconds of Summer


Sounds Good Feels Good - 5 Seconds of Summer

Do you guys remember my "emokid" playlist? The one where I chucked in all the songs that my 14-year-old self listended to permanently? Well guess what, 5 Seconds of Summer just came out with a record that sounds like it should have been released in 2005. I mean that in the absolute best way possible! 

Funny story: For the longest time, their music didn't interest me at all. That's partly because I sometimes have very little patience for "new music" and I love to listen to the same old shit over and over again, but also because I'm a little bit of a snob. Well, maybe not anymore, but back when 5 Seconds of Summer became a thing (when they were touring with my new favourite darlings One Direction), people on tumblr dubbed them as the "new Green Day". The 14-year-old inside of me didn't like this very much, because 1) there is only Green Day & 2) I like the old Green Day just fine (haha understatement of the century right there), thank you very much.

So I just ignored them and went on my merry way. But as it so often happens in my life, my friend Dani and her infectuous ways of getting people interested in things that she is excited about sneaked me a few links here and there ... because she knows what my little emo trash heart desires. So I've listened to a little bit of "Hey Everybody!" and "Jet Black Heart" and "She's Kinda Hot" and the rest is history. Did I buy a ticket to their Vienna show next May before I even listened to anything else of their catalogue? Sure did. Was that a great idea in retrospect? Damn right it was!



The thing is, Sounds Good Feels Good really could have been released in the early 2000's along with Move Along by The All American Rejects or Bleed American by Jimmy Eat World or No Pads, No Helmets ... Just Balls by Simple Plan. To me, that's the sound that defined my teenage years, and it's funny how 5 Seconds of Summer managed to replicate this sound 10 years later and it still sounds as authentic to me as these other records did then. 

I've spent the better part of my home office day today listening to this record, and it's one of those ones again - where you can listen to every song and don't have to skip a track because it annoys you. Homogenous recods for the win! It's hard for me to pick favourites right now, because I honestly like them all. I'm already singing along to the first half of the album though, if that is any help - in my opinion tracks 1 to 7 could all be singles. Other than that, I really like The Girl Who Cried Wolf. And Fly Away. But also the closing track, Outer Space/Carry On is beautiful. And let's not forget San Francisco. Love the wanderlust/travelling theme that's going on in a lot of these songs, I can definitely relate. 

So I suppose if you're in your twenties and feel nostalgic for the good old times of teenage angst and pop punk music, say no more - 5 Seconds of Summer have got you covered. 

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