5 SEC­ONDS OF SUM­MER

THE VO­CALS MAY WELL HAVE BEEN RECORDED ON A BEACH, BUT UN­DER THE SUR­FACE, 5SOS‘ EPIC DOU­BLE-SONG IS FAR FROM IDYL­LIC… OUTER SPACE/ CARRY ON

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Go­ing in to the mak­ing of their all-im­por­tant sec­ond al­bum, 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer were a very dif­fer­ent band than the group of teens who had penned tracks about Amer­i­can Ap­parel un­der­wear, wish­ing they were 18 and how ‘Good girls are bad girls that haven’t been caught’ on their self-ti­tled de­but. Un­der­stand­ably, be­ing a record that front­man Luke Hem­mings later ad­mit­ted to Ker­rang! wasn’t es­pe­cially “co­he­sive”, in your wildest dreams you’d never imag­ine a six-and-a-half-minute epic to ap­pear on the Aussies’ break­through de­but.

Two years of tour­ing and a hell of a lot of grow­ing up later, though, and 5SOS were more than equipped to tackle what would even­tu­ally be­come Outer Space/carry On, the clos­ing dou­ble-song on 2015’s 4K-rated Sounds Good Feels Good. In an al­bum con­fronting ev­ery­thing from lone­li­ness, to child­hood, to anx­i­ety and de­pres­sion (a con­sid­er­ably more ma­ture ap­proach than those afore­men­tioned early songs…), Luke is ex­tremely proud of the fact that Outer Space/ Carry On “is such a long song, and cov­ers a lot of top­ics – all that stuff that our fans at­tach them­selves to, be­cause we at­tach to that, too.”

And not only does the track con­tain some of the pop-punks’ most heart­felt and mem­o­rable lyrics (‘I’m still run­ning back to you / If you could love me again / I could let go of ev­ery­thing’), it was cre­ated in a pretty re­mark­able man­ner, too.

“My vo­cals for Outer Space were recorded on a beach at mid­night,” Luke grinned to Ker­rang! af­ter Sounds Good Feels Good’s re­lease. “And then Carry On, the bonus song at the end, has the ocean sounds at the end that me and Ash [Ir­win, drums] recorded at the beach with [pro­ducer] John Feld­mann.”

This out-of-stu­dio tech­nique meant that Ash­ton also had an ex­tra-soft spot for the track, too, declar­ing it the song he wants 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer fans to re­mem­ber them for; “I think that’s prob­a­bly one of the best songs we’ll ever make – it’s an epic!” he proudly smiled. “I re­ally love that song; I love the lyrics, I love it mu­si­cally. I re­ally put my heart and soul into ev­ery­thing on the al­bum.”

Vo­cally, how­ever, it wasn’t quite how Luke had orig­i­nally in­tended. “I had lost my voice at that point so I could only sing low, so that’s why it’s so low!” he chuck­led. “But it sounded cool, so that’s why we kind of just left it.”

Though these days 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer can look back fondly at the work they’ve cre­ated, and the progress they’ve made as a band and as mu­si­cians, it doesn’t mean that their stun­ningly speedy rise hasn’t taken its toll; and Sounds Good Feel Good isn’t nec­es­sar­ily as op­ti­mistic as its ti­tle sug­gests.

“Do­ing what we do has in­cred­i­ble highs and just as bad lows,” Luke con­ceded. “It’s al­ways up and down, up and down, to the ex­tremes, as op­posed to just a reg­u­lar hu­man, who would have a con­stant. So it’s men­tally chal­leng­ing, but you don’t re­alise that go­ing into it. We were try­ing to fig­ure out how to deal with that – es­pe­cially with the level that we got to so quickly. There’s a few happy songs as well – [lead sin­gle] She’s Kinda Hot tack­les those sub­jects, but in a pos­i­tive way. That’s what we wanted to do with [that] al­bum – to have those top­ics, but put a pos­i­tive spin on them.”

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