Who the heck are 5 Seconds of Summer?
Punk comes is all different shapes and sizes. Pop-punk in particular has evolved from Blink-182 to Green Day to Fall Out Boy to All Time Low and now pop-punk is going a little more pop than punk. This week, Australian quartet 5 Seconds of Summer announced a massive headlining North American tour a year in advance on the same day their album debuted at number one on the Billboard charts. They are by far the poppiest punk band to hit the radio.
Never heard of them? Whether you decide to welcome the band or not, you should make an informed decision. Gimme Noise has the 411 on the One Direction of pop-punk.
Luke Hemmings (17-years-old) - lead vocals and guitar
Michael Clifford (18-years-old) - guitar
Calum Hood (18-years-old) - bass guitar
Ashton Irwin (19-years-old) - drums
Hometown: Sydney, Australia.
Similar to: All Time Low, We The Kings, Yellowcard, The Summer Set.
The story: 5SOS formed in 2011 and grew their fanbase by posting videos of cover of songs from various artists such as A Day to Remember, All Time Low, Mayday Parade, and We the Kings, which they said are their influences. You can see and hear these pop punk influences in their music. They became YouTube stars, which is how they gained their following. They currently have nearly two million Instagrammers following them, four million followers on Twitter, and over six million Facebook likes.
Once One Direction took them on their Take me Home Tour in 2012, they became more known and their fanbase grew immensely. After signing to Capitol Records last year, there has been word they are looking to start their own label, which would partner off Capitol Records, to make all creative decisions. Within three years this band had success thrown at them quickly and are already headlining their own arena tour.
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