Meet 5 Seconds of Summer

Althea By Althea, 11th Aug 2015 | Follow this author | RSS Feed | Short URL
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Get to know the Australian pop rock band that your teenage daughter is probably screaming for, 5 Seconds of Summer.

The band

5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) is a pop rock band from Sydney, Australia consisting of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals and rhythm guitar), Michael Clifford (lead guitar and backing vocals), Calum Hood (bass guitar and vocals) and Ashton Irwin (drums).

Luke started the band in 2011 with his classmates Michael and Calum doing cover of songs like Jasey Rae by All Time Low and posting them on YouTube. Through a mutual friend they met Ashton and he joined the band. They began doing shows and tour around Australia and New Zealand. In 2012, they supported Hot Chelle Rae on the Australian leg of their tour. The band continued posting cover songs on YouTube which Louis Tomlinson of One Direction happened to see online. Louis praised the band in a post on his Twitter account.

The band decided to go to London for a writing session and they had the chance to meet One Direction. Weeks before One Direction took off for their Take Me Home tour, they announced that 5 Seconds of Summer will be their opening act.

5SOS and One Direction

5 Seconds of Summer opened for One Direction during their Take Me Home Tour, Where We are Tour and On The Road Again Tour. In the duration of these tours, it was obvious that a friendship was formed between the two groups and the fans are not complaining at all. It was not really a competition between them and their fans, but rather a brotherhood. 5SOS and One Direction is currently being managed by the same management team.

They are not a boyband

It is probably this link with One Direction that confuses several people and labeled 5SOS as a boyband. I actually had an argument with an online friend because she keeps calling 5SOS a boyband. To clarify, perhaps we can try looking up the definition of the terms rock band and boyband.

According to, a band is a group of musicians playing a specialized type of music, in 5SOS’ case it is rock music. On the other hand, a boyband is defined as a pop group of singers or a vocal group.

The term vocal group is probably the keyword in differentiating the two groups. One Direction is a vocal group wherein the main function of all its members is to sing. While 5SOS is a rock band where each member play their own instrument and have a designated lead singer.

Their music

As of this date, 5SOS has released six EP and their self-titled debut album. Their song “She Looks So Perfect” debuted at number one in the UK Singles Chart and number two on Billboard 200. It also won “Song of the Year” in the 2014 ARIA Music Awards. The have already won several other awards including Favorite Breakout Artist in the 2015 People’s Choice Awards, New Artist of the Year in the 2014 American Music Awards, and Best New Artist in the 2014 MTV Europe Music Awards.

In order to ensure that they have considerable control over their music, they created their own record label, Hi or Hey Records, in conjunction with Capitol Records. The band has just released the first single from their second album, “She’s Kinda Hot” which they co-wrote with the Madden brothers.

Rock Out With Your Socks Out Tour

5SOS is currently doing their first headlining world tour, Rock Out With Your Socks Out. Opening for them during the US and European leg of the tour is their first signed band for Hi or Hey Records, Hey Violet. The band State Champs, opened for them during the Australian leg of the tour.


5 Seconds of Summer on Wikipedia

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author avatar Ptrikha
13th Aug 2015 (#)

Well shared.

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author avatar WOGIAM
7th Sep 2015 (#)

They "look" so much like One direction, i wish them the best in all they do.

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author avatar brendamarie
12th Sep 2015 (#)

thank-you for sharing

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