Today I want to introduce you to a band I've recently grown to appreciate and then like and now love: 5 Seconds Of Summer. Now I'm pretty sure there are a few people out there groaning and saying, "Uggh, Sarah, please don't." That's okay. I'm not going to try and "convert" you or anything crazy like that. I just want to introduce them to you and maybe help you see them in a bit of a different light if you're thinking they're a talentless boy band.
I first discovered 5SOS about.... two years ago I think, whilst I was scrolling through youtube looking at different covers by different people one night. I saw them on the side bar and thought, "Hey, why not?" They started off really small, just a few teen guys jamming with their guitars and tappity drum (What's that called? The box that you sit on and it's wooden and it's a drum? Anyone?) in their basement. I remember thinking at the time, "Wow, these guys are actually pretty good. It's too bad that they'll probably never actually get anywhere." I know, I'm such the optimist.
This is the first cover I saw them do for anyone who actually wants to watch.
I watched all of the videos they put out at the time and then kinda forgot about them.
Fast forward two years.
My cousin and I are going to the WWA tour in Toronto this summer and I saw that the opening act was 5 Seconds of Summer. I was thinking the name sounded familiar but didn't think much of it. I figured sine I was going to see them live, I should probably know some of their songs. So I went on the tube of you and looked them up and then realized...
It's the same guys.
I had a happy giggling, smiling fit. I watched through a bunch of their videos and saw they went from their covers to this...
I just... I'm just..... I have no words.
Ever since I was really young, I've always loved music and creating music. I've learned violin, a little piano, guitar and vocal. I started writing songs when I was eight. Ask anyone, I am almost always singing. Music is my life. What these guys have managed to accomplish is literally my dream. It's really inspiring to see that someone who doesn't have the X Factor or American Idol to audition on, can actually make it out there. That someone can actually make it through working hard, practicing and not giving up. I mean, going from playing covers in your bedroom in Australia to touring the world with One Direction?!? Talk about flippin' incredible.
I'm not asking you to join the "family" or string their posters up on your wall. Heck, you don't even have to like them. But don't not like them because you think they don't have talent, or didn't work hard or don't have a future. This was their dream Even if you can't find anything to like about them, at least respect them for that. They're out there living their dream (three different 'theres' in one sentence *mental high five*). How many of us can say that? I know I certainly can't (yet).
This was their dream.
This is my dream.
It's nice to see that there is hope for people who don't have shooting stars to wish on.