Very rarely a band comes along that seems to jump out of the pack and hit you over the head with a big bucket of awesome. Sometimes it is a tiny little band and other times the biggest sellers are the best. 5 Seconds Of Summer are currently (Yes, Manic Street Preachers are the best band on the planet, but they are having time off, so this is where my heart is right now) my favourite band. But it is kinda tough though. People look at you and frown and go ‘Kendall, haven’t you heard A, B or C?’ as if being a band having trouble headlining the Dog And Bucket on a wet Tuesday night are suddenly the new Velvet Underground because my fave band are ‘pop’. There is that word being used as a dirty word. This is not right. At its best, pop can lift you, can make a dark day seem sunny, can make you feel part of a gang, can make you feel for those three minutes that no other band matters. Currently my playlists are full of Ryan Adams and Desperate Journalist and Babymetal and Hannah Golightly, none of whom sound anything like this, but it is Sounds Good Feels Good that I keep returning to. The official Blu-Ray release of 5SOS’s movie ‘How Did We End Up Here?’ is a pure joy from beginning to end. It introduces you to the band one by one, shows them writing in the studio and blowing apart the Wembley stage with a magic look of wonder that just says “How did we end up here?”.
Again, it returns to the question, what genre does this band belong to? If you came across them supporting 1D then that could be how they got the Pop tag, along with a number of MASSIVE choruses. But the fans championing them in the movie are not popsters, they include Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers, Alex Gaskarth of All Time Low and Fall Out Boy’s Pete Wentz. Official ‘proper music’ icons. I use that phrase sarcastically, sick of people laughing when I share my excitement over new 5SOS songs and being told “Oh they are puppets i bet, do they even play their own instruments?”, the old authenticity (SPIT!) argument made flesh. For the record, yes they play, yes they write their own materials, as well as collaborating with All Time Low and Good Charlotte on storming ROCK anthems. There are great scenes of the fans in the movie, these are not just girls screaming for good looking boys, (although there IS a lot of screaming and Michael Clifford is an insanely good looking boy) they flock to 5 Seconds Of Summer, as they explain, because the band say it is okay to be yourself, to be the freaks and the gigs show that when the freaks all come together, the underdogs can gain the power. It’s a good message. These are not clean cut popsters, they regularly seem like a house of Beavis and Buttheads, swigging beers and talking about partying with the girls – OK they are not Motley Crue but they are not the clean cut college boy that mother wants you to bring home either. Their personalities shine through throughout and you see how the different attitudes bring shading to different types of song. Clifford’s been open about his mental health problems, which amazingly is still rare in 2015, and he shows that it is OK to reveal your problems and you are not a loser for standing up. This infuses his lyrics and easily makes him the most interesting member of the band. He’s like a dream mix of Richey Edwards and Nikki Sixx. If that is what you are looking for. Which you should be.
One of the most shocking moments in the film is when Clifford has a nasty on stage accident, he accidentally walks into the area where an explosion is going off and the cameras got the terrifying moment on film, which he laughs at later but the actual footage is horrid as the ambulance crew run through and the band have to quit the gig.
The whole movie will just send you back to the records and give you an understanding of how the chemistry works between them. Once you have watched the excellent complete movie, you can watch the Wembley Arena concert as featured throughout the main film. It is awesome. A lot of harmonies, a lot of fireworks, a hell of a lot of fun. Is it a metal gig? Is it a pop gig? Does it matter? They get Kerrang and Rock Sound covers/posters/features and win at their awards. The new album got 4K’s out of five in rock’s biggest magazine, while you are sulking that your ‘real bands’ are not selling tickets, records, joy, 5 Seconds Of Summer are making friends all over the world in different genres. And they are fucking rockin’ it.
THEY MAKE ME WANT TO WRITE AN ENTIRE REVIEW IN CAPITAL LETTERS. FUCKING AMAZING.
As well as the movie and the gig, there are also three bonus tracks including the ace ‘Heartache On The Big Screen’ and you also get all the official videos, not only value for money but straight beautiful musical electricity, you just have to plug in. Join us, 5 Seconds Of Summer have released a great Blu-Ray and if you don’t have the two albums plus live album currently available, well, you know how to use the internet, get over to Spotify now, who knows, you might just like them.
I FUCKING LOVE THIS BAND.