MTV Review: 5 Seconds of Summer Rock Out At The Roundhouse
By India Opie Meres
5 Seconds of Summer have got pretty big shoes to step in to. The boys first burst on to our radar when they supported One Direction on their world tour, and since then they have been melting the hearts of teenage girls with their heavy guitars, and extremely skinny jeans. However, although the boys were given their big break through the ultimate boy band, it’s clear that this was certainly not a 1D concert at London’s Roundhouse on Thursday night. All of the guys play their own instruments and there’s generally a great deal more thrashing of guitars and drums than your average pop show.
The Feeling: For the most part, you could really tell that everyone who was packed into the venue was having the time of their life. The die-hard fans at the front were recognised by the band in between songs, and although we spotted a few Dads looking bemused on the sidelines, the audience certainly consisted of more older males than we were imagining. The crowd were all so energetic and up for it that it almost wouldn’t have mattered if the band were any good or not. But, don’t worry - they totally were.
The Look: Although it is slightly hard to fancy a man who can pull off a tighter pair of skinny jean than you can, the boys manage to make it work. Ripped band T-shirts, the occasional dyed hairdo (Michael, we’re looking at you) and blacker than black jeans meant that all of the boys looked slightly rebellious compared to your average boy band. In reality, it made us feel quite nostalgic for our days of overdone eyeliner and studded belts, and it does indeed work for 5SOS.
Tunes: Mainly playing songs from their debut album like Don’t Stop and their newest single Amnesia (which was totes emotional, by the way) the guys certainly proved that they had a few hits under their belts. The majority of the crowd seemed to know every word and, we’ll be honest, we sang along on more than a few occasions.
Banter: 5 Seconds Of Summer certainly had a laugh while they were on stage and, as a result, the crowd had one too. Mid-set they stopped to say hi to a fan who apparently goes to every single gig, and he seemed to cry a bit, which was nice. There were also a few banana outfits in the audience that the boys seemed to love, but we’re assuming this is an inside joke we weren’t included in. At one point they joked that they should say something profound, but they couldn’t really think of anything. We all laughed.
Sweat Factor: Despite the heavy guitars and jumping around that happened on stage, there only seemed to be a small majority of the audience who were able to be equally active. Sweaty it wasn’t, but that didn’t make it any less good.
Summary: The self-professed emos certainly proved to the crowd that they were their own band last night, and not just One Direction’s support act. The four Aussies pranced around in skinny jeans and band tees to the delight of teenage girls and boys alike, who rocked their little socks off, and had the time of their lives. A feeling, it seems, that was kind of infectious.SETLIST
Out Of My Limit
Heartache On The Big Screen
Long Way Home
What I Like
End Up Here
She Looks So Perfect