SINGLE REVIEW: 5 Seconds Of Summer – 2011

5 Seconds Of Summer have been on a whirlwind 10 year journey that has seen them go from playing small shows to playing stadiums opening for One Direction, to then selling out arena’s on their headline tours, winning awards, and continually having chart and radio hits.

Celebrating their decade of success, the Australian pop/rock four-piece have released the introspective and poignantly titled ‘2011’. Reflecting on the moments before this journey kickstarted, they dream of being able to go back and live a bit of freedom and breathe again. But it’s also about being able to go back and take it all in again and appreciate the journey that they got lost within. “I miss the days when we could live outside our heads. Before we were our nervous wrecks. That’s the thing about regret” they sing before proclaiming “Can we just go back, go back to 2011?”. 

Sonically the song is a bit of a nod to their early pop/punk roots behind their EP’s with a mature perspective of growth intertwined. Beginning quite minimalist, the song builds with heavier drums and guitars layered as they head into the anthemic chorus. There is a nostalgic and cathartic release to these emotions that makes this song quite a special one for the band. 

To further celebrate the ten year anniversary of 5 Seconds Of Summer, the band will play a free livestream show on YouTube on Saturday December 4 at 9am AEDT. You can view the show HERE.