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"Easier" - 5 Seconds Of Summer [YouTube Official Music Video]

5SOS go dark, with chains, fire, and NIN influence
Brad Bershad

by Brad Bershad

Published June 6, 2019

From serving as the opening act on One Direction's stadium tours to becoming a headlining act on their own major tours, 5 Seconds of Summer's sound has progressed from pop-punk to a more electronic pop vibe. On their new song, "Easier," they deftly weave their hard rock roots into a radio-friendly tune. Check out the song and music video above, courtesy of the band's YouTube.

"Easier" has a hard electronic beat that brings to mind Nine Inch Nails' 1994 classic "Closer." The slow bass groove in tandem with a rapid high-hat allows the song to move fluidly with beautiful tension-and-release between the verses and choruses. The slick production is aided by the work of veteran hit-makers Ryan Tedder and Charlie Puth. The star of the show is vocalist Luke Hemmings, who puts forth a compelling performance while strutting his rock star stuff. The auto-tune gets a little heavy-handed at times, but most fans probably won't care about that.

The music video is darker and more mature than what you might expect. The theme from the lyrics about a strained relationship translates well to the screen, as we see the band members in chains, submerged under water, and with fire all around them. Director Grant Singer said in a statement, “We wanted to bring back the purely cinematic rush of the epic videos I grew up watching in the ‘90s. Inspired by this idea of rebirth and the four elements: earth, air, fire, and water, we aimed for something dramatic and explosive, like nothing you’ve seen from the band before.”

The band's most recent album was 2018's Youngblood. They are expecting to release a new album in 2019, but details are still hazy.

For more, check out 5SOS's Zumic artist page.

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