5 Seconds Of Summer’s ‘Youngblood’ is a story of love with a tribute to Japanese culture

By Oojal Kour Dhanjal - August 3, 2018

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5 Seconds Of Summer just dropped the new music video for their hit single ‘Youngblood’. 

Youngblood is a passionate story of everlasting love, shown beautifully through the musical culture of Japan.

The vibrant rock and roll culture of Tokyo can be seen in the music video, which opens with an old couple holding hands, preparing for their final moments. After taking a green pill, they go back to their youth, in the retro romance donning leather jackets, tight black pants, slicked back hair and polka-dot dresses. 

In the band’s press release, vocalist and drummer Ashton Irwin said, “The Japanese Rockabilly culture is that of a renaissance and a beautiful flare of passion for everything old and new and that makes this particular subculture so interesting and amazing to us. Thank you for allowing us to be explorative with the concepts we choose to visually express our songs to you. Thank you to everyone that brought this video to life.”

The concept for the video arrived due to  director Frank Borin’s ten year old trip to Japan. “Walking through Yoyogi park, I came upon this huge group of Japanese rockabilly guys and girls. Every Sunday, they were dressed to the nines in full rockabilly gear, doing their hair out in public, taping up their decades old boots, and dancing the day away to Fifties music blasting on their boom-box.”



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