Australian Band Hopes for more than ‘5 Seconds’ of fame on Latest EP
5 Seconds of Summer • She Looks So Perfect (EP) • Capitol • US Release Date: April 1, 2014
Let’s just cut straight to the chase here. Who are these dudes 5 Seconds of Summer you ask? Well, 5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian band comprised of Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Callum Hood, and Ashton Irwin. As is customary (and smart) these days, rather than release/invest into a full-length album initially, the band releases EPs. She Looks So Perfect is the latest EP, certainly meant to elevate the band’s fan base. How did 5 Seconds of Summer come to ascend to the record label ranks? Wait for it – Youtube, arguably the best promotional tool for establishing a music career these days. As for the EP, is it any good? Don’t call it the ‘second coming’ – it’s an EP after all – but it does successfully showcase the potential of the Aussie band.
“She Looks So Perfect” is the best track off the EP, showcasing spunkiness about it. Bright sounding pop/rock with sharp lyrics and a catchy, irresistible chorus, “She Looks So Perfect” is arguably the best ‘sell’ here of the artists 5 Seconds of Summer can be/become. “You look so perfect standing there / in my American Apparel underwear,” the band sings on the chorus, “And I know now, that I’m so down / your lipstick stain is a work of art.” Throw in some innocent-enough profanity (“We worked too damn hard for this just to give it up now”) and 5 Seconds of Fame are slightly edgier than One Direction, of whom they’ve opened for.
The rest of the EP isn’t quite as triumphant, but still shows off potential nonetheless. “Heartache On The Big Screen” like “She Looks So Perfect” is centered in a major key, keeping the positive vibes going. The chorus is the selling point, latching more than the verses could ever hope to (“This ain’t a movie that I wanna see / a tragic story, starring you and me…my script is ripped and now I see”). The biggest rub is predictability; exhibiting even more personality could mask this some.
“The Only Reason” is my least favorite. The verses are underwhelming, constricted too much to vocal undertone. The pronounced chorus atones somewhat, but a better-rounded consistent performance would be the best fix. It’s not bad, but more than jagged, ‘balls-to-the-walls’ guitars are needed to seal the deal. A closing cover of “What I Like About You”, much like opener “She Looks So Perfect”, truly gives a sense of artistic direction. It certainly doesn’t eclipse nor touch the original, but it helps formulate where 5 Seconds go from here.
Will 5 Seconds of Summer become stars stateside? Only time will tell. Many truly exceptional artists have missed out on success, no matter what they had to offer. Ultimately, the proper measurement of this will take more than a four-track EP. As She Looks So Perfect is the only tool to make a judgment as of yet, as of now, the band has “Only Just Begun” to establish their brand.
Favorite: “She Looks So Perfect”