5 Seconds Of Summer (5SOS) ‘Easier’ Single Review

‘A new era has begun and its grungier, edgier and more intense’

Teaming up with Charlie Puth and Tyan Tedder (One Republic) to write the track, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) debuted new track ‘Easier’ alongside its steamy video across multiple streaming platforms.

Citing influences such as Nine Inch Nails and heavy-synth 80s bands such as Tears For Fears the new track Easier features an industrial depth from its rhythm section, with hard hitting drums from Ashton Irwin and an echoic bass from Calum Hood. Accompanying this, an intense melodic demonstration from guitarist Michael Clifford and a top range of mumbled to flawless falsetto vocals from Luke Hemmings. Whilst only a slight detour from 2018 release ‘Youngblood’ sonically this release, the first after signing with new label Interscope travels a more electronic avenue whilst still incorporating their pop punk roots.

The new edgier track is accompanied by a steamy video filmed in a candlelit cave, with crater-like alcoves engulfing the band in water, simulating the feeling of being trapped in a toxic relationship, the underlying message of the song. Additionally to this lead singer Hemmings appears chained inside the cave asking himself “Is it easier to stay or is it easier to go?”. Inspired by the 4 elements, the dark filtered video draws on components of earth, air, fire, and water presenting an explosive story which concludes with a burning mural of the bands individual totems, likely signifying rebirth, accrediting to the decision of deciding it’s “Easier to go”.

Easier debuted live Wednesday 29th at benefit event hosted by ‘Friends of Friends’ and featuring performances from 5SOS, All Time Low, and many more. Created by 5SOS as a vehicle for positive change in culture, art, and music Friends of Friends features a limited edition clothing line and a promised string of upcoming concerts to raise money for various charities, most recently LA based organisation ‘Safe Place For Youth’.

After just 4 days of tracking Easier has seen the highest debut of any song released throughout their entire career debuting at #19 in the UK, #22 on US pop radio, and #4 on worldwide iTunes chart. It’s easy to see why the song is so popular with its universal message and popular melodic style. This new era is set to captivate its audience, laying the groundwork for more upcoming music of the same evolution.

You can expect to see 5SOS playing their new explosive hit Easier at one of their festival appearances this summer and upcoming North America tour with The Chainsmokers from September – December later this year.

Festival Appearances

08/06 — London, UK // Wembley Stadium // Capital Summertime Ball
22/06 — Rosemont, IL // Allstate Arena // B69 Pepsi Summer Bash

World War Joy Tour (With The Chainsmokers)

09/25 — Cincinnati, OH // U.S. Bank Arena
09/27 — Boston, MA // TD Garden
09/28 — Uncasville, CT // Mohegan Sun Arena
09/29 — University Park, PA // Bryce Jordan Center
10/03 — Detroit, MI // Little Caesars Arena
10/04 — Chicago, IL // United Center
10/05 — St. Paul, MN // Xcel Energy Center
10/08 — Toronto, ON // Scotiabank Arena
10/09 — Montreal, QC // Bell Centre
10/11 — Pittsburgh, PA // PPG Paints Arena
10/12 — Buffalo, NY // KeyBank Center
10/13 — Columbus, OH // Schottenstein Center
10/15 — Washington, DC // Capital One Arena
10/17 — Brooklyn, NY // Barclays Center
10/20 — Nashville, TN // Bridgestone Arena
10/22 — Atlanta, GA // State Farm Arena
10/24 — Miami, FL // AmericanAirlines Arena
10/25 — Tampa, FL // Amalie Arena
10/26 — Orlando, FL // Amway Center
10/29 — New Orleans, LA // Smoothie King Center
10/31 — Dallas, TX // American Airlines Center
11/01 — Austin, TX // Frank Erwin Center
11/02 — Houston, TX // Toyota Center
11/06 — Louisville, KY // KFC Yum! Center
11/07 — Indianapolis, IN // Bankers Life Fieldhouse
11/08 — St. Louis, MO // Enterprise Center
11/09 — Madison, WI // Coliseum at Alliant Energy Center
11/12 — Milwaukee, WI // Fiserv Forum
11/14 — Oklahoma City, OK // Chesapeake Energy Arena
11/15 — Kansas City, MO // Sprint Center
11/16 — Wichita, KS // INTRUST Bank Arena
11/19 — Denver, CO // Pepsi Center
11/21 — Salt Lake City, UT // Vivint Smart Home Arena
11/23 — Phoenix, AZ // Talking Stick Resort Arena
11/24 — San Diego, CA // Viejas Arena
11/26 — Los Angeles, CA // The Forum
11/29 — San Francisco, CA // TBA
12/01 — Sacramento, CA // Golden 1 Center
12/03 — Tacoma, WA // Tacoma Dome
12/05 — Portland, OR // Moda Center12/06 — Vancouver, BC // Pepsi Live at Rogers Arena  


5 Seconds Of Summer
Twitter: @5SOS // https://twitter.com/5SOS
Instagram: @5SOS // https://www.instagram.com/5sos/
Facebook: @5SecondsOfSummer // https://www.facebook.com/5secondsofsummer/
Website: https://www.5sos.com

Friends Of Friends
Twitter: @WeAreFOF // https://twitter.com/wearefof
Instagram: @WeAreFOF // https://www.instagram.com/wearefof/
Website: http://www.wearefof.com

Words: Natasha Fountain / Photo: Dusty Kessler