Australian superstar Boy band 5 Seconds of Summer released their single Youngblood in June of this year (2018). Youngblood is the title track of their third studio album, Youngblood, and as a fan of pop punk boy bands in my younger years, I thought I’d check the track out. Currently sitting at number two on the ARIA Australian Artist Single’s charts, I was wondering what all the hype was about…
The track begins with soft vocals over clean guitar, and rather than the usual drum beat, the percussion in the background sounds like fingers clicking, which certainly makes you want to click along. As the chorus rolls in, a bunch of bassy synth sounds are introduced, giving the song a more electronic vibe. Guitarist Michael Clifford has had trouble describing the bands new sound in interviews, saying “It’s not necessarily more electronic; it’s just not your average rock tune.”, which I can certainly agree with. The clean guitar in the background has a large amount of reverb and delay added to it, making for a really ambient sound. The lyrics are certainly catchy, and I can see why this song has been at the top of the ARIA charts since its release. It is perfectly catered for mainstream radio, and is very easy to listen to, even if it is somewhat repetitive. The use of the bass guitar is very percussive, and it is made to sound almost like a kick drum, with a deep, rich tone, and very fast attack and release. This song certainly transitions the band from Pop Punk Boy band to straight up Pop music, but that’s not necessarily a bad thing, as band such as The Backstreet Boys and NSYNC have taught us.
This song certainly hints at a new direction for this band, but that doesn’t seem to phase their fans at all. After listening to the track, I can definitely see what all the hype over this band is about, and I look forward to seeing what they will come up with in the future. 5 Seconds of Summer have just finished their Australian tour, but knowing these guys, they’ll be at it again sometime very soon. To keep up to date with their movements, follow them on social media, or via their website.
Listen to Youngblood: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Rl15oVamLq7FbSb0NNBNy