Album: Calm (2019)
Charted: 27 48

Songfacts®:

  • 5 Seconds of Summer frontman Luke Hemmings is caught up in a toxic relationship, but he still adores his lover even though they are constantly at each others throats.

    Is it easier to stay? Is it easier to go?
    I don't wanna know, oh
    But I know that I'm never, ever gonna change
    And you know that you're always gonna stay the same


    Hemmings is contemplating whether they should stay together, knowing that neither he nor his lover will ever change. However, the singer admits he "don't wanna know" the answer, indicating he doesn't really want the relationship to end.
  • "Easier" was written by the 5 Seconds of Summer band members along with:

    American singer-songwriter Charlie Puth, best known for his solo hits "We Don't Talk Anymore" and "Attention."

    Ryan Tedder of OneRepublic, who has also written songs for the likes of Adele ("Rumour Has It"), Beyoncé ("Halo"), Leona Lewis ("Bleeding Love") and Ellie Goulding ("Burn").

    Songwriters and producers Ali Tamposi, Andrew Watt and Louis Bell, who all contributed towards Camila Cabello's huge hit "Havana."
  • The song has a hard rock feel, but with a relatively sparse arrangement. 5 Seconds of Summer told Rolling Stone it came about because there has been "a growing attention to industrial rhythm within the band." They said that the track is "derivative of the driving drum groove" that's heard on Nine Inch Nail's track "Closer." The band added that they were also inspired by dark, synth-heavy groups such as Depeche Mode and Tears for Fears.
  • This is the lead single from 5 Seconds of Summer fourth album Calm. The record title is an acronym of the first letters of the band members' names, Calum, Ashton, Luke and Michael. Luke Hemmings explained to HMV: "With this album being a massive growth period for us and the band truly understanding the importance of the four individual artists in the band, we felt it was a fitting name once it came about. It's also a nod to our fans as they have been using the C A L M acronym for years."

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