As you may have seen from this past Sunday’s post, I recently celebrated my twenty-third birthday. Since I took the weekend off from writing-related posts to share twenty-three fun facts about myself, I decided to do something similar for this week’s Soundwave Wednesday and share one of my favorite songs by my favorite band.
Anyone who knows me well knows I am a massive 5 Seconds of Summer fan. I’ve been following them since high school, pretty much since the band got started and have even seen them in concert three times (and will be seeing them again this coming September).
I love these guys. That’s all there is to it. And it’s so great to have watched their growth not only as a band, but as people, and in a lot of ways I feel like I’ve grown up alongside them. There’s a reason I call 5SOS my band or my guys. There are a lot of times where it’s felt like they’re the brothers I never had.
But that’s enough fangirling. Let’s get to the post.
For this week’s Soundwave Wednesday, I’m highlighting Jet Black Heart.
This is actually one of the few songs I know how to play on piano, as I learned it for the final when I took piano as an elective in college. But it’s a song I have a lot of great memories with, from being one of my go-to 5SOS tracks from my DJing days to the absolute joy (hell, ecstasy) of hearing it live and belting the lyrics alongside them.
The first time I heard it, I was absolutely blown away. I thought I may have clicked on the wrong track because of how different it was from their previous songs like Try Hard, She Looks So Perfect, Good Girls, or Amnesia.
It was astonishing.
Jet Black Heart has held a special place in my, erm, heart since. It gave 5SOS a whole new sound and maturity. The lyrics are especially touching, and I think they were what I needed to hear at the time of the song’s release.
And while I’m sure the repeated line, “I write with a poison pen” has an influence on why I love this song so much, Calum’s verse is the one that always gets me,
“The blood in my veins
Is made up of mistakes
Let’s forget who we are
And dive into the dark
As we burst into color
Returning to life”
Believe me when I say this is not going to be the only time 5SOS gets a shoutout on my blog.
But for now, you can check out Jet Black Heart by 5 Seconds of Summer below!
Jet Black Heart was undoubtedly a pivotal point in 5SOS’s career, and isn’t the only. And since we seem to be departing from the Youngblood era with Who Do You Love being released a few weeks ago (which was a collab with the Chainsmokers, who 5SOS will be touring with later this year), I have a feeling it won’t be the last.