By: Megan Williams
After making a name for themselves online, 5 Seconds of Summer have exploded on to the music scene in recent months. Having spent 2013 touring with One Direction, the band is quickly gaining momentum, as is their fan base, and they are only just getting started.
The bands origins lie in Sydney, Australia, where in 2011 three school friends-Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood- launched the band by performing covers on YouTube, quickly gaining a dedicated following. They completed the band later that year when drummer Ashton Irwin joined them.
The talents of these four boys seem to know no limits. The shared lead vocal sound drives their songs, with Luke’s power and impressive vocal range and Calum’s unique and slightly softer voice. Despite having opened for One Direction and being comprised of four young heartthrobs, these boys are not to be attached to the “boy band” stigma. They play their own instruments with talent beyond their years and write their own music. What is perhaps even more distinctive is that the boys formed the band as genuine friends, and were not built by record or television executives.
Their first ever music release, a pop-punk inspired EP titled ‘Unplugged” reached number 3 on the Australian charts in 2012, a huge victory for the four boys. 2 years later, their single “She Looks So Perfect” reached number 1 in 39 countries!
“She Looks So Perfect” is everything you love about boybands, the effortless harmonies and light-hearted lyrics, but deliciously edged with a touch of rebellion. With a brilliant collection of hooks it chases a love story vibe and is filled with promises of escape. The song showcases their grit and personality, with a combination of cheeky lyrics and catchy tune that make SLSP hard to get out of your head.
On top of this, 5SOS recently premiered an awesome comic book inspired lyric video for their up and coming single “Don’t Stop”. The view count on the video surpassed 2 million after just 6 days and the song further defines the musical path that 5SOS are set to go down. It draws influences from Green Day and All Time Low, and is guaranteed to get you on your feet and dancing.
Pair raw talent with a die hard ‘family’ of fans and you get the inexorable force that is 5 Seconds of Summer. These two components together are likely to ensure 5SOS a long term stay in the fast moving world of pop culture.
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