The band 5 Seconds of Summer had their ups and downs in their music career, including some controversies that 5SOS fans didn’t take lightly. But their songs never fail to hit people with a whirlwind of feelings and emotions. One of the band members, Luke Hemmings, described when writing the songs for his solo album that he likes to make people emotional through his songs.
“[‘When Facing The Things We Turn Away From’] was created to be heard as a whole,” Hemmings told Nylon. “It was created to evoke an emotional response.” He then described the moments in his life that inspired each of the songs in the track listing.
Similar to the band’s fourth album, the song “Complete Mess” from their fifth album entitled “5SOS5” has a similar theme – love and romance. Older fans who’ve followed the band from the beginning may be able to pick up on the song’s title, which references Hemmings’ favorite shirt that reads “YOU COMPLETE MEss” (according to the song facts).
5SOS is longing for love
The music video for “Complete Mess” was described by Rolling Stone as “dream state” and “surrealistic”. The band also wrote a statement about the process of writing their fifth studio album. “For this album, we realized that if you want something done that truly reflects your feelings, you have to do it yourself,” the statement reads. “We wanted that expansive sound that we’re naturally drawn to when we play together, so we had to learn how to record it. This new music is as authentic as we are.”
In Song Meanings and Facts it is mentioned that the lyrics could have a double meaning. The narrator says that the love interest makes him a “complete mess” when his significant other isn’t around and leaves. But the narrator might also say he’s a “complete mess” when the significant other is with him because “he or she is able to show a less than ideal side of themselves.” [his] Character.”
Overall, the “I learned my lesson when I felt you slip away / And I’m missing half my life” lyrics tell us that the narrator is distraught without his love interest (via Genius). Whether this love is good or bad for the narrator, he clearly cannot live without this special person.
A hidden meaning about the band itself
According to Sound Digest, “Complete Mess” was inspired by the sounds of Coldplay and One Republic, and the song “sounds like the perfect follow-up to their previous album.” It is also said that the music video has an “ethereal energy” full of emotion. “As they trek through a seemingly endless dessert, 5SOS in flashy suits pours out their hearts,” describes Sound Digest’s Kelsey Sullivan. “It’s also a nice demonstration of the bond between the bandmates. They hug and pick up when they fall.”
This could potentially mean that the song could be about the band and their relationship to each other and to the fans. Both Luke Hemmings and Ashton Irwin have been working on their solo careers on the side, but so far the band have given no indication that they will be parting ways anytime soon. They could talk about the “complete mess” without the brotherly bond and fan appreciation.
“[The new album] “It shows a lot of hope that this band will stick around for as long as possible,” Hemmings told People. We take the kind of power that an art form can have very seriously.” In other words, 5SOS is not going anywhere.