The band 5 Seconds of Summer had their big break when they opened for One Direction on three of their tours, beginning in 2013. 5SOS (pronounced five-sauce) is not to be confused with a typical ‘boy band’ — they are a shining pop rock force to be reckoned with.
Set to be released on Friday, March 27th, 2020, CALM is twelve songs and forty minutes long. The name of the record seems to be a pun, referring to both the definition of the word ‘calm’ as well as an anagram of the band-members’ names: Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, Luke Hemmings, and Michael Clifford. Four singles have already been released from the album, titled “No Shame”, “Old Me”, “Easier”, and “Teeth”. 5SOS will be releasing another single, “Wildflower”, on Wednesday, March 25, in anticipation of their album release.
To get a taste of 5 Seconds of Summer’s new record, I highly recommend “Easier”, a song about a conflicted heart. The band juxtaposes layered vocals and pained lyrics with a beat that smoothly pulls the listener in different directions. “Old Me”, a relatable homage to a past-self, is my personal favorite so far. I have high expectations for CALM and can’t wait to indulge my ears on Friday.