Let’s talk about 5SOS.

Oh look, a post where I’m fangirling about something, how groundbreaking. Lol.

5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian band. If you haven’t already heard of them, you’re about to. Because I’m awful at summaries, feel free to head over to their Wikipedia page for more details on the origins of the band and their career to date. Basically though, it goes like this: they formed in 2011 in Sydney and began by posting cover songs on Youtube, before signing a publishing deal with Sony and releasing their debut EP which reached #3 in the Aus Itunes charts. Following a few supportive tweets from a couple of One Direction members, 5SOS joined the Take Me Home Tour in 2013 as 1D’s support act, touring through the UK, USA, Australian and New Zealand. They also played an Australian headlining tour during a break from the TMH tour which sold out super fast.

Fast forward to the present day and 5SOS are currently headlining their “There’s No Place Like Home” tour across Australia, and are set to once again support One Direction on their upcoming stadium tour across the US, UK, Canada and Europe. They’ve released another EP and its first single, She Looks So Perfect, went to #1 in 39 countries. 5SOS are officially the fourth Australian band or artist to reach #1 in the UK, and the first to do so in 14 years, which is pretty insane.

(Over 21 million views and counting, whaaaaaat)

There’s another single, Don’t Stop, being released on a second EP (which will technically be their fourth extended play release) in June, and with luck, there should be a full length album released by the end of the year. The majority of their live set consists of songs that have never been released as studio versions, but that the crowd knows and loves regardless. I guess the idea behind releasing EPs in addition to an album really gives as much music as possible to the fans to enjoy.

To put this in a teensy bit of context, I saw 5 Seconds of Summer perform live at the Palais Theatre last night. It was fun. I felt quite old, but it was still fun. I think my hearing may be temporarily damaged by all the screaming, but oh well. Overall, it was a good show. Definitely enjoyed the playlist of songs that was happening beforehand and in between the support act and the main event. Stacy’s Mom, anyone? (“IT’S ON SINGSTAR!”, as one 14 year old sat behind me reminded us all). Props to the girls I saw recording the show on their iPads. Dedication.

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Dear Jonas Brothers…

Picture this: The year is 2008, school is nearly out for the summer. My mum has just announced we’re going to be having pay TV/Austar/Foxtel over the summer holidays, and once it’s installed, I find my new happy place. Its name? The Disney Channel.

Back in those days, Miley Cyrus was still Hannah Montana and her pals the Jonas Brothers were right alongside her in terms of being “teen idols”, worshipped for their pop music and squeaky clean images. For a while there, they were on a path to world domination. Some might even say that they achieved it, between movies and worldwide concert tours for those movies and all that fun stuff. However, it’s been nearly four years since the Jonas Brothers have released an album, and it would seem that they’ve nominated 2013 as the year of their comeback.

Now, you all know by now that I enjoy a good pop song as much as the next person, and of course I understand that the Jonas Brothers weren’t going to stay squeaky clean and Disney-friendly forever, but however, I was not expecting this when I went to watch the music video for their comeback single, Pom Poms.

Ahem. I know that they say sex sells, but with this video, my respect for the Jonas Brothers went out the window. I wasn’t naive enough to think that they’d be a polished, purity-ring wearing band of brothers forever, but I was hoping that at least I wouldn’t have to suffer through the disgusting pop music video formula of scantily clad women dancing beside unsurprisingly fully clothed males.  Where’s the equality in that? I can understand trying to get as far away from the bubblegum pop scene as possible, but there are SO many ways you can do that without resorting to this kind of stuff.

Then, there’s their new video for the next single, First Time.

It’s fair enough that they’re changing musical direction and the theme of their lyrical content, but there surely has to be a more effective way of demonstrating growth, maturity and development from their younger years than a music video of them partying in Vegas. I get it. You’re grown up, sex appeal and partying is a thing that you do now, apparently, which is absolutely fine, of course.

Most twenty somethings would be the same way, and those who were fans of the JoBros back in the days of Disney, like myself, are certainly older now and this shift in music and lyrical content could definitely be attributed to the Jonas Brothers accommodating a shift in the age of their fanbase & target audience.

HOWEVER, there is still a large majority of the Jonas Brothers’ fanbase that is young girls, especially those in their early to mid teenage years. Women can wear whatever they want, whenever they want; control their sexuality in whatever way they choose and just live however they choose to live; but the fact that the Jonas Brothers have decided to convey an image of women wearing next to nothing and dancing provocatively next to themselves, who are fully clothed (THEY’RE WEARING LONG SLEEVES, FOR GOODNESS’ SAKE), is I think an image of inequality and not perhaps the best message to be sending out to their fans and the rest of the world.

At the end of the day, it’s only pop music, but its influence can stretch far beyond a catchy tune. In this day and age of supposed “Blurred Lines”  (Link NSFW), we need to be as brutally honest as possible and call things as we see them. My beloved Jonas Brothers, I call bullshit. Lift your game.

Have a nice day! x

A little bit of boyband lovin’

Congrats! It’s Tuesday. You’ve survived Monday and now you’re a couple days closer to it being the weekend again. To help you get through the day (and the rest of the week), please enjoy this compilation of boyband music that will hopefully cause mass nostalgia and 90s dance moves.

(Full credit to my dear friend Caitlyn for reminding me of these tunes, via the incredible Spotify playlist she made me. She called it “May The Boyband Be With You”. So good)

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