Single Review: 5 Seconds Of Summer – ‘Jet Black Heart’
It seems these Aussie rockers are everywhere, at the top of the charts and selling out shows across the globe. They’re a band that don’t stop, and have announced the third single from their sophomore album, to be, Jet Black Heart. This single is more rock and less pop than previously heard tracks, and it’s one that really showcases a maturity shining through in their song writing.
Jet Black Heart boasts an angst-ridden tune with lyrical and instrumental depth. Counting in with a deep beat, opening with electric riffs and leading with a steady bass line, Clifford croons the line, “everybody’s got their demons, even wide awake or dreaming”. The rest of the song keeps on with the same strong drumbeats, with all the chords building and coming together throughout the chorus, exploding at the hook, as the boys to belt out, “cause I’ve got a jet black heart, and there’s a hurricane underneath it, trying to keep us apart”.
It’s quite an impressive track that asserts a much grittier side to the 5 Seconds Of Summer brand. From the haunting lines sung over a muted harmony, “the blood in my veins, is made up of mistakes” / “let’s forget who we are, and dive into the dark”, that really focuses the emotion, to the anguish that is dripping from the vocals. The entire track is bursting with pop-punk sensibilities, from the melody to the subject of the lyrics, and it’s certainly showcasing the band coming into their stride.