5 Seconds Of Summer’s Sounds Good Feels Good - What You Need To Know
The Australian pop punks return with their brand new album Sounds Good Feels Good today (it’s available to preview and purchase on the right-hand side of the page) and here is everything you need to know about it...
A little background…
After wrapping up their world tour in support of their self-titled debut album at the end of 2014 5 Seconds Of Summer allowed themselves a short holiday before they got right back to work on this album in early 2015. A couple of months of writing sessions in Los Angeles followed and from this came Sounds Good Feels Good, a relatively quickfire follow-up to their debut.
'Course, this time round the expectations are much bigger, they’ve already got a full arena tour with two nights at the O2 Arena booked and have a Number One spot in their sights. So what is the album actually like?
Who’s Producing It?
The album features the biggest and best writers in the game, starting off with Good Charlotte mainmen Benji and Joel Madden who helped pen opener ‘Money’, lead-off single ‘She’s Kinda Hot’, 'Permanent Vacation’ and ‘Hey Everybody’, elsewhere there are appearances from former Evanescence guitarist David Hodges who helps out on ‘Jet Black Heart', All Time Low singer Alex Gaskarth, frequent Katy Perry co-writer Bonnie McKee and finally Roy Stride, the frontman of Scouting For Girls, who helped the gang put together a track called ‘Invisible’.
The man who anchors the whole thing together though is Goldfinger frontman John Feldmann, a man with more hit records than you can shake the biggest of sticks. Just this year along he’s produced albums from All Time Low and Sleeping With Sirens and helped Avicii pen smash hit ‘The Nights’. Busy guy...
Any Special Guests?
Aside from their big-name co-writers, it’s just the four boys. Unless you count the sample of Duran Duran’s ‘Hungry Like The Wolf’ which features on ‘Hey Everybody’.
What Does It Sound Like?
It’s basically a ‘Greatest Hits’ of pop-punk. Opener ‘Money’ sounds like early New Found Glory, ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ and ‘Hey Everybody’ bring to mind The Offspring when they were stomping all over arenas, ‘Permanent Vacation’ is classic Sum 41, ‘Jet Black Heart’ and ‘Vapor’ are both the kind of ballads Green Day have taken to in recent years and ‘Castaway’ is a big stirring anthem like Jimmy Eat World when they really go for it.
Influences are worn proudly, but they’re also pretty well chosen.
Does It Deliver?
Buzzsaw guitars, big choruses, summery vibes, this record will keep 5 Seconds Of Summer's momentum rolling nicely...
5 Seconds Of Summer's new album Sounds Good Feels Good is out now