ALBUM: 5 Seconds of Summer ★★★★☆

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Artist: 5 Seconds of Summer

Album: 5 Seconds of Summer

Release date: 30th June 2014 (UK)

Label:Capitol Records

New kids on the pop-punk block, 5 Seconds of Summer, have finally released their debut album after extensive touring across the world these past couple of years.

Scoring a UK number #2 in the album charts this week with this record, their self-titled album has been eagerly anticipated by their enthusiastic fanbase.

With star-studded collaborations on the record from John Feldmann and the Madden Brothers to name a few, there was no way that this couldn’t ooze pure pop-punk goodness full of slamming guitar solos, fast-paced energetic drumming and angsty lyrics about girls and love.

What makes this band different from others around in their genre is that all four of the guys take turns on the vocals, adding something different to every track.

The drum crashing and heavy guitar mashing Kiss Me Kiss Me showcases bassist Calum Hood‘s much more mellow vocals, the clash of the heavy instrumentals with his effortless vocals backed up by frontman Luke Hemmings is a fun concoction of feel good pop punk.

Written with All Time Low‘s frontman, Alex Gaskarth, it has a real ATL sound but with that little something special that the boys bring.

English Love Affair definitely is a stand out track, showing that these boys really have great potential. Solely written by guitarist Michael Clifford and drummer Ashton Irwin, it will get you singing and dancing by the end of the track and just to warn you, it will get stuck in your head!

Clifford really gets his shining moment on this track taking on the main vocals on the song, his raw vocals are reminiscent of Billie Joel Armstrong from Green Day.

The band’s third single penned by the Madden Brothers, Amnesia, is an incredibly beautiful ballad with Hemmings and Hood taking the vocals. If you don’t listen to this song with at least one tear in your eye, you really have no heart!

Social Casualty is a surprise song on the record, having a much more fast-paced old school pop punk feel. With one of the catchiest choruses of the songs on the album, this will definitely be a fan favourite from the word go.

It’s been a whirlwind of pop-punk for sure listening to this album; from the more pop rock Heartbreak Girl to pop punk heaven of End Up Here, it really felt like a journey of how the boys have evolved their music in the last three years.

5SOS are really dominating not only the charts but endless fangirls and with this record, we can definitely see why!