Today, multi-platinum selling pop-rock band 5 Seconds of Summer unveil their new single COMPLETE MESS via BMG. The anthemic single aptly balances an expansive, epic vibe with a contemporary pop sensibility. The band teased the song late last week on socials which sparked an immediate frenzy online, trending worldwide, as fans eagerly await new music. Additionally, the single heralds the band’s soon-to-be-announced fifth studio album, which will be released independently in partnership with BMG.
The release comes alongside its music video – directed by Lauren Dunn (Kali Uchis, 070 Shake, Jack White) and creative direction by Tyler Serebreni of Other Half Creative – which acts as a visual extension of the song, characterized by sequences that take on a ethereal, dreamlike quality that perfectly reflect the nature of the track.
The track was created during a writing trip in Joshua tree and is the first song to be entirely written and produced by the band, with Michael handling the production. “For this record we realized if you want something done that truly represents how you feel, you’ve got to do it yourselves. We wanted that expansive sound that we naturally gravitate towards when we play together, so we had to learn how to record that,” states the group. “This new music is so authentically us. It’s exactly the kind of music we want to be making right now and it’s a good song to be able to reconnect to our fans after such a long time of not releasing music. We can’t wait for everyone to hear what we’ve been working on.”
The song’s title references a fan favourite tee-shirt Luke used to wear, but the lyrics go far deeper, reflecting on the worthwhile chaos of a relationship. The single was perfected over several recording sessions at Rancho V in Joshua Tree, Michael’s own home studio and Dragonfly Creek in Malibu and simultaneously showcases the strength of Michael’s production and the bands song writing. The track with its mature and anthemic sound, highlights the bands evolution, now in their 11th year as a band, and represents a moment of authentic growth while also teasing what’s to come on their forthcoming album.