Five seconds of summer can change a life; four years can fulfil an unlimited amount of dreams. Four Sydney boys begun to upload covers of popular songs onto Youtube under the name of ‘hemmo1996’. Little did Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood and Michael Clifford know that one tweet by One Direction’s Louis Tomlinson would kick start their career.
Hemmings, Clifford and Hood all attended the same school in Sydney. 5 Seconds of Summer first formed in the Sydney school of these three boys. Irwin soon joined on the day of 5SOS’ first concert in Sydney’s Annandale Hotel on December 3rd 2011. From this, their first Youtube video as an actual band of four was ‘Teenage Dirtbag’.
The band’s fan base slowly grew with their cover of Justin Bieber’s ‘Next 2 You’ receiving 500,000 views which is much more than they ever could have imagined. The boys continued to post covers of songs such as ‘A-Team’ by Ed Sheeran, and started recording their debut EP – ‘Unplugged’. This ranked #3 in Australia’s top 20 Pop Albums at that time, just behind Justin Beiber’s ‘Believe’.
The band’s attention grew as they began to be noticed by people with bigger followings such as Sunrise (an Australian morning show) and Smallzy (a radio host from Australia’s NOVA). With this in their stride, the 5SOS boy’s take to touring in their ‘Twenty Twelve’ tour with shows in Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Melbourne. The boys had to deal with it all on their first tour including having to change the venue of the Melbourne show on the day due to a sink hole near the venue.
Fast forward to October 2012 and 5SOS supported the band Hot Chelle Rae on their Australian tour. Amongst their busy schedule, 5 Seconds of Summer also released their next EP – ‘Somewhere New’. The homemade cover with each band member photo was taken in their bedrooms.
Two months later, 5SOS found themselves writing in London with artists such as McFly, Kaiser Chiefs and The Darkness. London brought the band a range of new opportunities which included meeting One Direction, and announcing their place as a supporting act on One Direction’s world tour. From this, their fan base grew incredibly fast and their music became more in demand – therefore this came the release of their music video for ‘Heartbreak Girl’. Within four months of the release of this clip, it hit one million views. To follow this up, once 5SOS returned home in June they released their hit song ‘Try Hard’ as a free downloadable song. One that is well known my 5 Seconds of Summer fans.
Months later in September 2013, 5SOS came home to play a headline tour before continuing on with their spot on One Direction’s world tour.
Early 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer decided to go their own way by releasing their hit single ‘She Looks So Perfect’ which topped their charts in Australia, New Zealand, Ireland and the UK. This was a critical point in 5SOS’ career as it really started to show their true potential as their own artist without the platform of One Direction’s world tour. Their song was known as the ‘song of the summer’ with it being played all over Australian radios.
On June 27th, their long anticipated debut album ‘5 Seconds of Summer’ flew straight to the top of the album charts in 13 different countries. With this album out in the open, the songs ‘Good Girls’, ‘Amnesia’ and ‘Don’t stop’ all became hit singles. Amongst all of this, 2014 also brought 5SOS the year ability to receive many awards, a total of 20 in fact – including 5 MTV Europe Music awards and 1 ARIA music award.
Which brings us up to 2015, the year begun with 5 Seconds of Summer travelling with their ‘Rock Out With Your Socks Out’ tour which included the band travelling to Europe, New Zealand, North America and their home country Australia.
In early August, the band announced their much anticipated second album ‘Sounds Good Feels Good’ which was released two months later on October 23rd 2015. This featured the single ‘She’s Kinda Hot’ which was released early July – despite no word of their being a second album at that time. The second single from the album ‘Hey Everybody!’ was released early October, only 14 days before the release of the album.
To conclude the year, the band announced that they will be headed on tour to Asia, UK, Ireland, North America and Australia in 2016. The tour name, ‘Sounds Live Feels Live’ is the result of a play on words of their album title.
5 Seconds of Summer have become international stars, targeting people from a range of ages. Their pop-punk albums are the result of four boys playing in a garage to a camera. It’s unpredictable what’s to come for the band, however, I can say for sure that it is going to be something extraordinary.