SINGLE REVIEW: 5 Seconds Of Summer – Old Me

With their fourth studio album ‘C A L M’ being released on March 27 and an homecoming Australian tour just been announced for the end of the year, 5 Seconds Of Summer have got a new single to coincide with all the exciting things happening within their camp. 

Following their recent singles ‘Teeth’, ‘Easier’ and ‘No Shame’, the Sydney four piece are diving into an experimental production that their last album Youngblood’ headed towards. 

The foundations of ‘Old Me’ are quintessential 5SOS with their classic pop-rock sentiments setting up the layering for the catchy hook. But layering itself on top of all of that is a interesting hip-hop element that steers their production more towards a polished product of what Chase Atlantic have recently been doing. 

Finding the commercial avenue of this song, the experimentation is limited and keeps the diversity at bay. I would’ve really liked to hear them get grittier within this sound and go all out with their references, but instead they’ve played it say with the mainstream formalities. 

Reflecting on what makes them unapologetically unique, they explore all of the decisions they’ve made and the strong willed traits that have led them to where they are now. 

“Shout out to the old me and everything he showed me. Glad you didn’t listen when the world was trying to slow me. No one could control me, left my lovers lonely. Had to fuck it up before I really got to know me” lead single Luke Hemmings sings during the opening moments of the song. 

It’s a catchy track that will easily get added to radio as it characteristically fits with everything else out at the moment, but I couldn’t help but expect a little more from them. 

5 Seconds Of Summer 2020 Australian Tour

Friday 27 November – HOTA, Gold Coast

Saturday 28 November – Riverstage, Brisbane 

Monday 30 November – HBF Stadium, Perth 

Wednesday 2 December – Bar On The Hill, Newcastle

Friday 4 December – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne 

Saturday 5 December – Sydney Opera House Forecourt