I like 5 Seconds of Summer. I think they’re a cool boy band that is talented enough to write their own songs and play instruments. And I think their songs are catchy enough that their teenage fanbase can easily latch onto them. I definitely feel like I’m past the age where I should be wishing for something as drastic as memory loss just so I can forget about a lover (“Amnesia”), but I still sing along every time the song comes on because it’s just that addictive.
With that being said, I also understood where writer Rembert Browne was coming from when he requested that the boys “DO DASHBOARD CONFESSIONAL COVERS OR GET OFF THE STAGE” during their VMA performance a few weeks ago. Part of me really just wants the boys to do old covers of my favorite rock and pop-punk bands and call it a day.
That’s why I was so excited when I saw that they did a cover of Blink-182’s classic song “I Miss You” for BBC Radio 1 That’s why I was so disappointed when the acoustic cover was just “okay.”
I don’t know why I got my hopes up. Maybe it’s because their studio cover of Green Day’s “American Idiot” was pretty solid. Still, it can sometimes be hard to do a memorable cover of complex and well-respected songs.
I will, however, give the boys props for making the song their own by changing the refrain’s melody and adding harmonies. It’s also worth noting this cover was done live, unlike the “American Idiot” cover.