Since finishing several stints as One Direction’s support act, Australian quartet 5 Seconds of Summer have been working hard to get themselves out of 1D’s shadow. In the past eighteen months they have released a number one album, racked up four hit singles and are currently on a worldwide arena tour. For a band that was once dubbed ‘the next big thing in music’, they’re doing pretty well.
On the 12th of June, 2015, playing their first show of three, they took on one of the UK’s most iconic venues; Wembley Arena. Now I have seen a lot of shows in my time, from some of the biggest bands in the world, and still nothing could prepare me for the extravagance of the Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour. One of the most intense and creative opening sequences I have ever witnessed, followed by a strong 19 song set list, the band whizzed through hit after hit with an enthusiastic energy that reminds you, they’re still just kids. Kids who just happen to be having the time of their life.
Opening with catchy anthem End Up Here and their older tunes Out Of My Limit and Heartbreak Girl, the crowd were up on their feet right from the get-go. Despite bouncing around the stage for most of the show, the vocals remained on point. It is in their live performances that 5 Seconds of Summer truly show their talent and skill. Given particular moments to show off their instrumental ability, each band member was able to demonstrate just why they deserve every piece of success they have. There is nothing mediocre about the show 5SOS puts on. The slower moments are just as exciting and mesmerizing as the pyro-accompanied songs.
Heartfelt ballad Amnesia proved to be the most memorable part of the night, with Wembley turning into a sea of cellphone lights as the audience belted out every word. Playing Wembley Arena with just one album to your name is a huge achievement, one that was clearly not lost on lead singer Luke Hemmings, as he let the crowd sing the chorus on their own and appreciated the moment.
Other highlights included music producer John Feldmann taking drummer Ashton Irwin’s place as he ventured onto the stage and belted out Pizza, a lesser known ‘muck around’ sort of tune; a young girl being brought on stage to ‘shred’ on Michael Clifford’s guitar during rockier song Rejects; and an impressive cover of American Idiot, perhaps foreshadowing what the future holds for the Australian band. It’s not difficult to draw contrasts between 5 Seconds of Summer and rock legends Green Day. With such a dedicated fan-base behind them, it will come to no surprise to me if someday soon they reach, if not even surpass, the success of their idols.
Despite racking up such massive acclaim over the past few years, 5 Seconds of Summer are still very much in the early stages of their career. Watching them in action, this can be easy to forget. Their stage production, presence, charisma and skill is parallel to that of some of the greatest international rock bands in the world. With their sophomore album on the way, it’s a matter of when, not if, they’ll earn themselves a spot among iconic Australian bands INXS and AC/DC.
So if you haven’t been to the Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour yet, what are you waiting for?