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5 Seconds of Summer have debuted “Easier,” the first single and video off their upcoming fourth album and it’s an edgy, rhythmic hit.
“Easier” tells the story of a toxic relationship and the debate whether to stay or go. The murky video features the four 5SOS members chained in a blue-lit cave, drowning in a pool, walking down hallways filled with fire, as well as a female gyrating on the ground.
Musically, Luke Hemmings takes the lead, hitting all the falsetto notes and hypnotizing the listener. The rhythm side of the band, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin, get to shine on the track as well as it’s bass and drum heavy. In an interview with Rolling Stone, 5SOS said that this track was inspired by Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” particularly by the drum beat.
When talking about their fourth album, the told Rolling Stone that they hope to have “at least half the record released through singles,” before the end of 2019. They also gave reference to different artists who are inspiring the sound of the album, such as Gesaffelstein, HEALTH, St. Vincent, Disclosure, and Bob Moses, leading us to assume the album will include homages to the sounds of the ’80s and ’90s.
This year has been a big one for 5SOS so far. They dropped a collab with The Chainsmokers and announced a joint tour with the duo and Lennon Stella, which stops in Toronto October 8 at the Scotiabank Arena. Tickets can be found here.