Wednesday, 27 November 2013

Music: 5 Seconds of Summer Gig Review

Who: 5 Seconds of Summer
Where: KOKO, Camden
When: 26th November 2013
Best Songs: Lost Boy, Voodoo Doll, Over & Over
With over 1 million followers each on Twitter -as well as on their band account- over 900,000 fans on Facebook and over 500,000 subscribers to their YouTube channel you would not be surprised to know that 5 Seconds of Summer have a rather large, not to mention, dedicated following. You would, however, be surprised to know that the four guys (Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford) are yet to officially release a single let alone an actual album. 
With little to no promotion their EP 'Unplugged' reached number 3 on the Australian iTunes chart. After such success in their home country (Australia) the four lads played a few shows here and there and drew interest from several record labels as well One Direction member Louis Tomlinson. Tomlinson contacted the boys and asked them to support his band on tour and, of course, 5 Seconds of Summer responded with a very excited YES.
9 months later One Direction's Take Me Home tour is over and Ashton, Calum, Luke and Michael are ready to make a name for themselves as 5 Seconds of Summer not just 'One Directions support act.'
Pop/Rock band Young Kato were on first (Made in Chelsea anyone?) and they offered a decent warm up with some catchy tunes.
A little later than expected 5 Seconds of Summer graced us with their presence and the crowd went wild. Literally. (They should have started at 8:30 pm but there were whispers among the crowd that Ashton; the drummer, had split his jeans moments before they were due on stage.)
They started off with possibly their most famous song; Out of My Limit that had everybody jumping and singing along, followed by Eighteen a new track that they have only performed a few times and Voodoo Doll, a favourite of mine that is not available to download anywhere. Next up was Lost Boy with a cute little speech from Luke (vocals and guitar) as he thanked all the fans for their support. He then performed the bands latest creation Wherever You Are all on his lonesome and it was a brilliant performance as that boys vocal talent is through the roof! We were then introduced to the other guys Calum on bass and vocals, Michael on guitar and vocals and Ashton on drums, each receiving the same insane level of screaming from the audience.
We were presented with 12 songs in total; two of them were covers (one of which was a rocky take on Teenage Dream that suited Calum’s voice down to a T) but only five of the songs are available to purchase online.
In fact the majority of the songs are yet to be recorded in a studio so if you want to give them a listen you have to scour YouTube for a decent live copy, this goes for Voodoo Doll, Over and Over, Good Girls are Bad Girls and Lost Boy. However, this doesn't change the fact that everybody in the crowd knows the lyrics and is singing them back to the boys. Although crowd interaction was a little limited (this is the guys first real solo gig in UK after all) the love the 5 Seconds of Summer 'family' have for the musicians is really quite magical and not dissimilar to the adoration Directioners have for the 1D boys but that does mean that there is some obsession that comes with it.
While the bond between the boys and the crowd is wonderful it comes with the price of crying/screaming/general hysteria and this can be a little off-putting. That would be the only downside; the extremely loud screaming, it is a constant. But would this be enough to put me off seeing them live again? Probably not. 5 Seconds of Summer are quite simply too talented, too friendly and too damn pretty to miss.

One thing is for sure is that these lads are undeniably musically gifted, they write all of their own songs and with the youngest being just 17 that is quite an achievement. The lyrics range from being flirty and fun to serious and sad but they are always relatable. 


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