Feel the heat

The tem­per­a­ture rises at 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer’s maiden con­cert in Kuala Lumpur.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - MUSIC - By KEN­NETH CHAW en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

MALAYSIAN fans at the 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer ( 5SOS) con­cert must have gone home with some very sore, scratchy throats Wed­nes­day night.

Deaf­en­ing screams, un­bri­dled cheers and sheer en­thu­si­asm took over Kuala Lumpur Con­ven­tion Cen­tre through­out the Aus­tralian band’s per­for­mance which kicked off at 8.25pm.

5SOS, who rose to fame in 2014 with its de­but hit sin­gle She Looks So Per­fect, was per­form­ing for the first time in the coun­try as part of the Sounds Live Feels Live tour to pro­mote the band’s se­cond stu­dio al­bum Sounds Good Feels Good.

Even the four- man band – com­pris­ing vo­cal­ist Luke Hem­mings, bassist Calum Hood, gui­tarist Michael Clifford and drum­mer Ash­ton Ir­win – took no­tice of the pas­sion­ate, revved- up fans.

“I’m not just say­ing this, but you’re the best crowd so far,” said Hood. Clifford added: “You guys could most pos­si­bly be the most at­trac­tive crowd.”

In­deed, 5SOS’ nearly hour- and- a- half set gave the au­di­ence some­thing to shout about.

The mo­ment the guys took the stage and de­liv­ered Hey Ev­ery­body!, they set the tone for the rest of the night. The au­di­ence lapped up the catchy tune, an en­cour­ag­ing an­them ded­i­cated to all those strug­gling to make ends meet.

The crowd, made up of mostly youths, sang and moved along to a slew of in­fec­tious, en­er­getic tunes that fol­lowed – Money, Don’t Stop and Heartache On The Big Screen.

Some­where in the middle, mem­bers of the pop rock band slowed things down a lit- tle with a cou­ple of mel­low num­bers.

They sang about get­ting over a break- up in Am­ne­sia, man­ag­ing a long dis­tance re­la­tion­ship in Be­side You and hop­ing for a chance to start over again with an ex- lover in Jet Black Heart.

I wished they were more of th­ese ten­der mo­ments which would’ve al­lowed us to hear more of their voices and showed off a softer side.

“The more you give to us, the more we give to you,” Ir­win told the crowd and be­fore I knew it, the band picked the en­ergy right back up again with End Up Here and Good Girls.

The con­cert was one fun, mas­sive ear­worm af­ter an­other, per­formed with reck­less aban­don, and about 17 songs later, we were left won­der­ing how the time had flown by so quickly.

The band closed the show with crowd favourites She’s Kinda Hot and She Looks So Per­fect.

Be­sides giv­ing fans a lively per­for­mance, the guys in­ter­acted with the crowd through­out the con­cert, whether it was try­ing to speak Ba­hasa Malaysia, check­ing in on the crowd ev­ery now and then or just spew­ing plain ran­dom thoughts.

Clifford who was shout­ing Kuala Lumpur re­peat­edly at one point rea­soned: “It’s such a good name to yell be­cause it takes a few sec­onds ( to say it).”

It’s also nice to see ev­ery mem­ber of the band shine, with each tak­ing turns to de­liver their solo parts and say­ing some­thing to the fans.

“I need to know you’re gonna come back and see us again,” Ir­win said. Judg­ing by the wild screams that en­sued ( and not to men­tion, all night long), rest as­sured, fans of 5S0S will be back.

5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer - com­pris­ing Clifford ( left), Hem­mings, Ir­win and Hood - per­form­ing for the first time in the coun­try as part of its Sounds Live Feels Live tour. — M. AZHAR ARIF/ The Star

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