Review: 5 Seconds of Summer brings the heat
By Ashlin Smart
Picture this: There’s a countdown running on the screen, and everybody in the audience is chanting with it. The crowd is on their feet, waiting in anticipation. The clock strikes 3…2….1…. and all of a sudden there’s a spotlight and a voice singing.
“You walked in, everyone was asking for your name. You just smiled and told them trouble.”
Then cue an awesome guitar and drum playing skills of 5 Seconds of Summer.
On Aug. 19, I was blessed to see the greatest band (in my opinion) 5 Seconds of Summer at The Palace of Auburn Hills. Never heard of them?
Here’s some background information. From Australia, the band is made up of four members: Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, and Michael Clifford. They were discovered on YouTube by One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson, who then invited them to be their opening act for two years. The band has recently been in the spotlight with their hit songs She Looks So Perfect and newly released She’s Kinda Hot. This is their first solo touring act.
From the start of the concert through the end, there was never a dull moment. They made sure to always include the crowd, even inviting a fan up on stage with them. 5 Seconds of Summer made sure that the crowd was always having a good time, Luke even stopping to say “First show back after a week break, and I love you guys already, you’re great fans.” All throughout the concert they reminded the fans just how great they were, and thanking them for everything that the fans have brought them.
Starting the show with a fan favorite “End up Here” and singing other hit songs such as Don’t Stop, Disconnected, and Long Way Home. By the time it was ready to slow down, they picked the perfect songs. It was one of their biggest hits Amnesia and even Wrapped Around Your Finger. After more of their biggest hits, the band ended the show with their cover of What I Like About You.
Don’t really care for 5 Seconds of Summer? Well, neither does Morgan Gnepper, who tagged along with her friends for the simple fact of going to a concert. When asked if she liked the show, she responded with “5 Seconds of Summer is one of those bands that sound good live, and they really made sure that every person in their audience had a great time.”
Though done touring in our area, you can still check out the band on YouTube or iTunes, and buy their new album Sounds Good Feels Good when it drops Oct. 23.