JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

August 4, 2015
KFC YUM! Center
Louisville, KY USA
Review by Kate Landers
Photos by Kate Landers

5 Seconds of Summer

... And The Girls Go WILD!

Overall, I believe that 5 Seconds of Summer, or 5SOS for short, is a talented band. However, the whole show at the KFC Yum! Center screamed production value.

I don't consider 5SOS a true boyband, but they're just about as close as you can get. Their lyrics are safe and immature; their riffs are catchy, and they're all young men. It's no wonder that their fan base is mostly teenage girls. That being said, I wouldn't write them off just yet.

As lights went down, literally thousands of voices rang out. "End Up Here" kicked off the night on a high note, and as the set continued on, "Disconnected," "Rejects," "Don't Stop," "Long Way Home," and "She's Kinda Hot" - their latest single - kept the crowd on their feet. I found the content of the songs to be borderline mundane, but the lyrics were strategically and intelligently arranged.

Even though 5SOS did their best to close the distance, the giant stage still made it all feel impersonal. They pointed out a girl in the crowd wearing a hot dog costume, and she went from jumping excitedly to balling her eyes out within a minute.

I cannot honestly say that the price of tickets is worth it, but I will advise that you give credit where credit is due. They've introduced a new generation to guitar driven songs with lyrics that encourage individuality. They incorporate Green Day's "American Idiot" and "What I like About You" originally by The Romantics into their set almost every night.

All in all, I think they're worth listening out for and maybe not strictly for teenage girls.