5 Seconds of Summer are back in London and have provided us with another amazing cover, courtesy of the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge.
The boys from down under turned Sam Smith and Normani’s “Dancing With a Stranger” from a sultry, R&B tune to an uptempo, uplifting cover with sparse instruments and full harmonies. Luke Hemmings and Calum Hood took the alternating leads, with Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin providing the resonant backing vocals.
Sticking to the theme of Sam Smith, 5SOS added a surprising mashup of “Latch,” a collab between Smith and Disclosure, that only enhanced the end result of the song.
They also sang a haunting acoustic version of their new track “Easier,” the first single off of the band’s upcoming album. Although there aren’t too many details about the LP, the band told Rolling Stone that they hope to have “at least half the record released through singles,” before the end of the year. That gives us fans something to look forward to at least.
5SOS are no strangers to the Live Lounge, delivering a new and inventive cover song nearly every year for the past five years. In 2014, to the delight of their fans, the boys performed Blink-182’s “I Miss You,” a song they’ve already given much love to. Sticking true to their pop-punk roots, the group covered Bring Me The Horizon’s “Drown” in 2015, turning it into a musical masterpiece with perfect harmonies and a full string section. Their last foray in the Live Lounge gave us a funky, folk cover of “No Roots” by Alice Merton. It was refreshingly different and showed how their music has evolved over the years.
Our favourite Aussies made an appearance at the Much Studios not too long ago to step into the Much Confessional. Let’s just say we learned a whole lot about the band that we didn’t realize we needed to know. Check it out below.