5 Seconds of Summer

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5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer at B96 Pepsi SummerBash 2019. From left to right: Calum Hood, Michael Clifford, Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin.
Background information
Also known as5SOS
OriginSydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active2011–present
Associated acts
  • Luke Hemmings
  • Calum Hood
  • Ashton Irwin
  • Michael Clifford

5 Seconds of Summer (abbreviated 5SOS) is a pop-rock band from Blacktown, suburb of Sydney, Australia. The band has 4 members: Calum Hood (bass guitar, vocals), Michael Clifford (guitar, vocals), Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), and Ashton Irwin (drums, vocals). Luke, Calum, and Michael all attended Norwest Christian College in Riverstone, NSW. Ashton, however, attended Richmond High School in Richmond, NSW.Micheal is the one that came up with the name '5 Seconds of Summer'. He sent the other boys(Luke, Calum) a message over text, proposing the name. They were originally going to call it 'Bromance' but, that didn't make the cut. When the whole '5 Seconds of Summer' thing came into play it was originally going to be called 5 second summer. But that didn't sound quite right to the boys, and the also didn't quite work out. Calum writes most of their music and they often sing about love or according to Ashton, life. The boys have talked about being heavily influenced by famous rock bands such as Green Day, All Time Low, Blink 182, Nirvana etc. In an interview, they stated that their music was "Basically the love child of all their favorite bands". They have also said that their hero is Billie Joe Armstrong, the lead singer of Green Day. They supported Hot Chelle Rae on their 2012 "Whatever" tour. They toured with One Direction for their TMH and WWA tours and gained international fame. They now have their own tour "Rock Out With Your Socks Out" (ROWYSO). Their second headline tour started in February 2016, "Sounds Live Feels Live" (SLFL). Frontman Luke Hemmings is currently with singer-songwriter, Sierra Deaton, winner of 2013 X Factor US as part of duo, Alex and Sierra. Ashton is currently with his girlfriend of 3 years,Kaitlin Blaisdell. Michael Clifford proposed to his girlfriend Crystal Leigh and she is now his fiance. They have yet to announce their wedding date. As far as we know, Calum is not currently in a relationship.The band has realeased four albums, 5 Seconds of Summer, Sounds Good Feel Good, Youngblood and Calm in that order.

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5 Seconds of Summer started out with 3 friends (Luke Hemmings, Calum Hood, and Michael Clifford) making covers on YouTube and quickly getting recognition. Later on, they were in need of a drummer which led them to Ashton Irwin on Facebook from a mutual friend, and officially became a band on December 3,2011. Little by little, with all members singing and playing an instrument and getting serious by writing their own songs, Louis Tomlinson from One Direction (1D), directed his attention toward the 4 boys and tweeted them causing the rage of many fans to fall in love with 5 Seconds of Summer. Over the years 5SOS released EP's like Somewhere New (2012), Unplugged (2012), Don't Stop (2014), Good Girls (2014), Amnesia (2014), and She's Kinda Hot (2015). They proceeded to release their first album "5 Seconds of Summer" on June 27, 2014 which got recognition from fans worldwide and resulted in their very first headlining tour "Rock Out With Your Socks Out". Their second album "Sounds Good Feels Good" was released on October 23, 2015, followed by their second headlining world tour "Sounds Live Feels Live". 5 Seconds of Summer released their 3rd album, Youngblood, on the 15th June, 2018, after returning from their 3-year hiatus. Since then, the band has featured on The Chainsmokers' single "Who Do You Love", and joined The Chainsmokers on their tour, World War Joy. They are planning to go on their No Shame tour this year and will be featuring the famous rock band, All Time Low. The band has just finished their lastest album, Calm and it is a bit different than the rest of their music. The songs include Easier(2020) Red Desert(2020), Wildflower (2020), Old Me(2020) and much more.

Sources[change | change source]

  1. "5 Seconds of Summer | Interscope Records". Interscope Records. United States. Retrieved May 20, 2019. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)