5 Seconds of Summer are more than a Boyband

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5 Seconds Of Summer "Meet You There Tour" at PNC Bank Arts Center
The Meet You There Tour 

5 Seconds of Summer were doing covers of songs on YouTube in 2011. But fast forward seven years later, and 5 Seconds of Summer have accrued three chart-topping albums and have headlined three world tours. This year, 5 Seconds of Summer became the first Australian act to achieve three #1 albums on the Billboard 200 chart. They also became the first band to have their first three full-length albums debut at #1 in the United States.

In support of their latest album, Youngblood, 5SOS embarked on the Meet You There Tour. They performed at PNC Bank Arts Center right after the release of the music video for their latest single, “Valentine.”

5 Seconds Of Summer "Meet You There Tour" at PNC Bank Arts Center
5 Seconds Of Summer “Meet You There Tour” at PNC Bank Arts Center

Opening up the show with “Babylon,” albeit not even a single past or present, the crowd roared louder than any recent show reviewed recently. As the band made it to “Talk Fast,” another non-single track which draws inspiration from The Police, it grew clear that the 5SOS fanbase is one to be reckoned with.

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As the band continued it became evident that this is more than your stereotypical boyband. Unlike their predecessors; this is not a group of young men inorganically put together, forced into bearding relationships, and limited to performing pop fluff written by everyone except themselves.

5SOS did not take one single break or intermission
5 Seconds Of Summer "Meet You There Tour" at PNC Bank Arts Center
5 Seconds Of Summer “Meet You There Tour” at PNC Bank Arts Center

Although 5 Seconds of Summer has the same dedicated teen fanbase, these boys don’t try to be anything other than themselves. It was evident in the steamy nude photographs Calum Hood sent to horny fans in the past. Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, Ashton Irwin and Michael Clifford write their own songs and play their own instruments. 5SOS also did not take one single break or intermission during the entire 20-track setlist. Let that sink in.

It is a very rare occasion when non-single album tracks (“Ghost of You,” “Meet You There”) receive as much praise and passion from the audience as known Top 40 hits. That was the case here with 5 Seconds of Summer. Of course, the hits remain the highlights, as the acoustic rendition of “Amnesia” lit the venue up in red, the color of light-up accessories sold at the show. It was during this performance where Calum Hood described his Garden State show as his “dream gig,” making the crowd burst with energy.

The last quarter of the concert is the sweet spot. Here it consisted of a chunk of 5SOS’s best performances on the Meet You There Tour including “Valentine, “Want You Back,” “She Looks So Perfect,” and “Youngblood.” In a unique set of circumstances, being as the Holmdel show coincided with same date as the release of the music video for “Valentine,” the band took it upon themselves to film an exclusive fan-aided music video live for the new track as large lip-shaped balloons dispersed amongst the audience.

5 Seconds Of Summer "Meet You There Tour" at PNC Bank Arts Center
5 Seconds Of Summer “Meet You There Tour” at PNC Bank Arts Center

Hands down the best performance of the night is “Want You Back.” It is one of the band’s strongest singles to date. The emotion of its relatable lyrics transcends beautifully as 5SOS rocks out on guitar. The drums kept the crowd singing along during the entire duration of the performance in Holmdel. They were energized.

Transitioning into “Youngblood” made for an epic encore
5 Seconds Of Summer "Meet You There Tour" at PNC Bank Arts Center
5 Seconds Of Summer “Meet You There Tour” at PNC Bank Arts Center

For an encore the boys were savvy in placing their debut single and latest single back-to-back. Fans were overcome with nostalgia during “She Looks So Perfect” which took attendees back to the early days of 5 Seconds of Summer self-titled album. Transitioning into “Youngblood” made for an epic encore, which outside of being one of the biggest songs of 2018, is 5SOS’s highest-charting single to date. In the United State alone, “Youngblood” became the band’s first Top 10 single. It peaked at #7 on the Billboard Hot 100, and ultimately #1 on the Mainstream Top 40 radio airplay chart. Thus far, the single has been certified Platinum in the United States, Canada and the United Kingdom. It is 2x Platinum in New Zealand; and 5x Platinum in Australia.

Despite having taken no breaks or intermission, and heavily interacting with fans throughout the powerhouse show, 5 Seconds of Summer performed “Youngblood” with the same vocals, instrumentals and affection as when they opened with “Babylon.” By the end of the night, it is obvious 5SOS is anything but your status quo boyband. They are defining a new generation of rock and roll. This is a band that is at the height of their career right now. And they are destined to keep on ascending.

Additional photos and video are available at YouTube.com/WillLoveInc

Watch 5 Seconds of Summer close out the Meet You There Tour with “Youngblood:” youtube.com/watch?v=6A42_r6sTy0