The track begins with a funk-inspired acoustic guitar line before lead-singer and rhythm guitar player, Luke Hemmings, shocks fans with the lyric, “My girlfriend’s bitching cuz I always sleep in.” While the maturity of this particular piece of language may have surprised some of the Australian foursome's younger audience, the shock-value soon dissipates as bass player and vocalist Calum Hood belts the cheeky Green Day reference not-so-subtly hidden in the lines beginning, “My shrink is telling me I’ve got crazy dreams,” in what is perhaps the best vocal performance he has delivered to date. Furthermore, the song then goes on to buck traditional verse-chorus-verse-chorus structure by launching into yet another verse, this time about a “friend” who foregoes societal expectations to follow his dreams, after a short, yet intense, instrumental interlude. Finally, the song’s chorus begins with the lines, “They say we’re losers and we’re alright with that,” which only serves to substantiate the song’s message of recognizing, and celebrating, the outcast. Additionally, lines such as “We’re the kings and the queens of the new broken scene,” and the repeated use of multiple variations of the phrase, “We’re alright though,” suggest a sense of security in defying that which is expected.
Just before the song fades out to its ultimate conclusion, and following guitar player Michael Clifford’s solo which, in the style of School of Rock’s Dewey Finn, is nothing short of face-melting, drummer, and vocalist, Ashton Irwin smashes the song’s final verse. While Irwin’s background ‘“commentary,” such as “My that’s a pretty big plan you’ve got there,” adds an unmistakable air of personality to the song, it’s his verse, complete with the casual Bad Brains reference, that really sets “She’s Kinda Hot” apart from most of 5SOS’ previous work.
“She’s Kinda Hot” very assuredly obliterates any fears of 5SOS’ sophomore album being “bubblegum,” as the boys have set the tone for an album which, in the tradition of bands like Blink-182 who were similarly lauded as a “boyband” during their rise to fame, might finally solidify their stance as a legitimate punk-rock band, whilst achieving their underlying goal of putting guitars back on the radio.
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