Australian band 5 Seconds of Summer get funky on “Girls Talk Boys,” which takes a note from 1982’s top hits and marks a departure from their usual pop-punk and acoustic sound.
Producer Ricky Reed (Meghan Trainor, Twenty One Pilots) claims responsibility for the funky alcohol-fueled twist. “The idea for the song came together in a jam session with me and a couple of other songwriters out in Palm Springs about a year and a half ago: myself, a writer named John Ryan, another writer named Teddy Geiger” — yes, that Teddy Geiger — “and another writer named Ammar Malik. Four of us drunk and jamming on things that felt like early ’80s dance punk, like the kind of downtown sound. We fell into what felt like a fun, silly, weird idea.”
5SOS were ready to switch up their sound with the “weird idea”: “They kinda freaked out. They came to my studio in Echo Park and cut the vocal here and we had a great time working out the parts.” #5SOSFAM members will be delighted to hear they’re, in Reed’s words, “great guys.” “They’re hilarious, awesome dudes — also really talented.”
Reed, who was a childhood Ghostbusters enthusiast, is proud of his contribution to the film and ready to see the 2016 remake. “I’m pumped to see the new movie, because Kristin Wiig is my favorite comedian of all time,” he says. “She’s like my number one funny maker.” But Reed had to pass on the VIP treatment given to people involved with the film. “I think they actually offered me the opportunity to go to the premiere and do the carpet, but Mom and Dad were in town. Guy’s gotta do what a guy’s gotta do.”
Reed, who was loosely involved with the 21 Jump Street and 22 Jump Street soundtracks as well, has a number of soundtrack-related projects he’s keeping mum about, but his sound definitely lends itself to lighter fare. “I like to have fun and have a good time, so I guess [my music] makes sense for comedies.” But the one soundtrack hit he wishes he’d written definitely skews dramatic: “[Seal‘s] ‘Kiss From a Rose’ from Batman Forever. That was a jam.”