There's a magical essence in watching a band perform their songs live. There is so much more energy and excitement in hearing a song that you've listened to for months being performed right before you.
Laced with multiple stories and unscripted conversations, 5 Seconds of Summer took to the stage of a sold out Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne for their 'Rock Out With Your Socks Out' tour. Four Australian best friends, Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin, did not fail to impress the arena filled with fans screaming out there names.
5 Seconds of Summer's final bow for their Melbourne Show (25.6.15)
Beginning the show, however, was the American pop punk band State Champs. Playing a 40 minute set, the lead singer Derek Discanio was able to engage the crowd, in particular those in the general admission area. Although their music will not be to everyone's taste, at least half the arena looked interested in listening to their set. It was also surprising the amount of people that arrived early enough to see the support act's set, which is generally uncommon for not well known support acts.
Up next, the pop punk band 5 Seconds of Summer, racing on stage about 10 minutes early. Cleverly, the band began with a short clip, counting the stock rates of the amount of Pancakes, Fun and Hair Jell that were being consumed, experienced and used in relation to the show. For a band that has been on stage for 60 days, and showing extreme amounts of energy and screaming, it was understandable that Irwin had a sore voice. However, this did not hold himself or any of the band members back. Hood, Clifford and Hemmings bounded around on stage throughout their whole set, as well as some choreographed dance steps such as a two steps to the left and one to the right. For a band that apparently does not dance, it was extremely impressive.
True talent can be shown through a bands voices, ability to produce music and ability to write songs that are unique and entice an audience. 5 Seconds of Summer have certainly been able to show this as well as much more. During tonight’s show, Luke Hemmings and Michael Clifford, both guitarists were able to strum each other’s instruments while fingering chords on their own guitars. Not only was it in time with the song they were playing, but it also left the whole arena speechless!
The four Aussies, originally from Sydney managed to sing most of their album, which included Hood being able to make the whole crowd quiet enough for him to begin 'Amnesia' without a microphone. Clifford also introduce a 'new song off the next album', Permanent vacation. Clifford begun by diving a part of the crowd to be 'his responsibility' and getting them to sing a serious of 'na-na's' extremely loudly. Hemmings then took the middle section and taught them a short rhythm beat, while Hood taught his section a small backing vocal. Overall, the bands interaction with the audience left everyone wanting more.
5 Seconds of Summer are a band that have no boundaries. They have no fear and aim to make each person’s concert experience an exciting memory that they will remember forever. For one lucky audience member, they were given the chance to go up on stage and play Clifford’s own guitar. During their song 'Rejects' off the 'Don't Stop' EP, Clifford got slightly distracted by playing a prolonged guitar solo, which inspired Hemmings to have a unique idea; 'Michael, I want to get someone to play your guitar for the next thirty seconds.' The lucky audience member was selected from Calum's side of the pit area and bounded up the side steps onto the stage. However, he embarrassingly admitted that he was a left handed person and predominately played bass; 'here's the thing, I'm a lefty'. Despite this, with a simple flip of the guitar, the man was able to have his 15 seconds of fame by walking down the catwalk playing a random series of notes, with not a care in the world.
Rod Laver Arena is a common location for artists to use for their Melbourne tour dates. It has held concerts for P!nk, Taylor swift, Ed Sheeran and many more. Personally, I found the arena the perfect size for the show that 5 Seconds of Summer put on tonight. The sound worked well for their setlist, and even people in the very back rows of the arena had a good view and ability to hear each song. However, State Champs did not have the levels right for their setlist. Although it improved over time, the band began with their music being over powered by the bass drum, and the lead singer’s words becoming lost in the rest of the music.
A minor downfall in my concert experience was buying merchandise. The prices for some items seemed extremely unreasonable and left myself and some other people around me feeling confused and shocked. A tour program is usually the most common thing that a person will buy when going to a concert. It's a person’s main form of remembering the concert that they go to, and what it consisted of. I know that I have a collection of tour books that I have from the concerts that I've been to in the past. However, for $30, it almost made me angry; especially when I brought the tour book and looked inside only to find the very basic of information. It begins with a letter written from the band and then introduces each member. It then has a few photos of them, however none from the actual tour. To finish, it ends with a page of credits. Least to say, it was frustrating, but it did seem to be selling.
Overall, the night was a huge success and a concert experience that no one in that arena will forget. It was a concert that made people laugh, scream, smile and even cry for some. It was a place that had a buzz of excitement and happiness. Not only the audience was happy though, on stage you could clearly see the amazement and joy in the eyes of each band member. Genuine smiles formed as the whole arena sung their song back to them, without any help needed.
5 Seconds of Summer is definitely a band that must be seen to be believed. The show is one that I would recommend to anyone, and for an $80 ticket, it is an affordable show that gives you what you paid for and more!