This song is a sort of musical oxymoron. It starts out sounding like every other pop song, where the singer is obsessed with every beautiful woman they see. Then, after the head banging guitar riff, the song completely transforms. It turns into an angsty but inspirational teenage anthem. I believe this was a risky move for 5 Seconds of Summer, depending on how the listener interprets this stark contrast. New listeners of the band may hear the cliche beginning, assume this is just like every other song out there, and turn away from 5SOS’ vapid lyrics for good. However, if a long time fan or an open minded listener chooses to stick through the beginning, they might realize the meaning behind this song. This probably wasn’t the smartest decision, considering the goal of most mainstream artists is to gain traction and the support of new fans. In terms of meaning, though, I feel like this song has a lot to offer, if the listener is willing to hear it. This song discusses many problems that teenagers, 5SOS’ primary fanbase, have to face. Teenagers struggle with finding the motivation to get through college, teenagers have huge aspirations that sometimes seem unattainable, and teenagers get called losers or crazy sometimes. 5SOS reassures that all of this is okay and normal. They went through it too, which is very inspiring to their fans. They belt out that we should all embrace the fact that we’re struggling and make the most of it, shouting “We are the kings and the queens of the new broken scene.” This is a very inspiring message to those who look up to the band. However, this type of personal connection is again a risky move. The meaning only carries through for fans of the group or those who are longing for a pick me up. The only reason that calling the audience losers in this song works is because it was made for the fans, who long to find the personal meaning their idols poured into the music. This song would have been better suited as just another track on the album, rather than a single. It’s catchy, but it’s also personal. Personal doesn’t sell.
While critiquing this song, I had a responsibility to comment on it fairly. This means removing all bias, or as much as possible. I’m a fan of 5 Seconds of Summer, but that doesn’t mean I think this is the best song ever or without fault. That also doesn’t mean I should have written this critique from the perspective of a 5SOS fan because that wouldn’t be fair to those reading my critique. People look to critics for objective statements on everything. My opinion on this song is an influence on whether or not people will go listen to it and/or appreciate it, which is why its important to both the subject and the audience that I remain unbiased.