Review: “Teeth” by 5 Seconds of Summer

Kelly Knight, Senior Editor

On Aug. 21, the Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer released their song “Teeth” for the soundtrack of season 3 of the Netflix original “13 Reasons Why”. While first looking at the title, I was not sure how appealing the song would actually be. Everyone tries not to judge a song before listening to it, but this title gave off a weird vibe. After seeing the band members talk so highly about this song that weird vibe faded a little bit. Once I actually listened to the song, I was hooked from the first few seconds. The bass and drums are quite prominent in the song, which I have always been a fan of.

The beginning of the song, before any vocals start, there is a repeated bass line that reminds me a lot of the “Stranger Things” intro song. Then lead singer, Luke Hemmings, started singing, and I was hooked in once again. Hemmings sings the first verse using only a few notes and lets the bass line almost overpower his singing in a good way. Halfway through the first verse, the drums come in which gives a fuller sound to the song. 

In the pre-chorus, Hemmings goes into a falsetto and instead of the bass line used in the first verse there is now guitar being played. The chorus comes in immediately after the pre-chorus and it consists of that bass line used in the first verse but with a more electric feeling. Hemmings uses a mixture of his chest voice and head voice in the chorus, which helps give the song a new feel.

The rest of the song goes the same way up until the bridge; the bridge leads into the last two choruses. The chorus that comes after the bridge is my favorite part of the song. The first line is just Hemmings singing, and then after each line an instrument is added until the final chorus, which sounds like the rest of the song.

Overall, I like 5 Seconds of Summer’s new sound; it is much more mature than what they were doing in the beginning. I hope the band continues with this new sound for future songs.