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5 Seconds Of Summer Reinvent Themselves In ‘Want You Back’

In October 2015, 5 Seconds of Summer dropped their sophomore album and embarked on a world tour, playing to sold out crowd of screaming teen fans. Rather than quickly releasing another album full of copycat singles guaranteed to please their ravenous fan base, 5SOS stepped away from the spotlight to reevaluate their sound.

For the past year, the group has stayed pretty quiet, spending much of 2017 working on the follow up to Sounds Good Feels Good. A handful of shows and singles have been sprinkled throughout their time between albums, including “Girls Talk Boys” for Ghostbusters in 2016. But after promises to fans that a new album was coming ‘soon,’ it looks like we’re finally getting a new record from the Australian group.

Releasing their comeback single “Want You Back” in February, 5 Seconds of Summer have left behind the pop punk sound that had them drawing comparisons to Blink-182 and Sum 41, reemerging with a straight pop sound that will fill the void left by One Direction’s hiatus.

Maintaining the same catchy, earworm-aesthetic of their early releases like “She Looks So Perfect” and “Don’t Stop,” the new single “Want You Back” is a decidedly intentional step forward with the band’s sound, placing them among a new group of contemporaries including Maroon 5 and OneRepublic.

Dropping their new video for “Want You Back” today, 5 Seconds of Summer have gone with a more mature aesthetic to compliment their older, radio-friendly sound. Shot in a series of rotating box rooms, all four members of 5SOS, including Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin, and Michael Clifford perform in their own pseudo-bedroom and jam space, with the rooms constantly moving to reflect the emotional turbulence of a break up.

5SOS have yet to confirm when their third album will arrive, but they recently wrapped the European leg of their tour, with the North American leg kicking off April 8 in Boston, including a Toronto stop on April 13.