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Hailing from the outskirts of Sydney, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – got their start forging a sound that brought pure punk energy to pop music. Within just a few years they became a global phenomenon, then defied all expectation on their third album Youngblood, a 2018 release that made them the only band in Billboard 200 history to see its first three studio albums debut at No. 1. Now, with their fourth full-length on the way, 5SOS push into even bolder sonic terrain, realizing their vision with more impact and intensity than ever before.

5 Seconds of Summer

Hailing from the outskirts of Sydney, 5 Seconds of Summer (5SOS) – comprising Luke Hemmings (vocals/guitar), Michael Clifford (vocals/guitar), Calum Hood (vocals/bass) and Ashton Irwin (vocals/drums) – got their start forging a sound that brought pure punk energy to pop music. Within just a few years they became a global phenomenon, then defied all expectation on their third album Youngblood, a 2018 release that made them the only band in Billboard 200 history to see its first three studio albums debut at No. 1. Now, with their fourth full-length on the way, 5SOS push into even bolder sonic terrain, realizing their vision with more impact and intensity than ever before.

In all of their endeavors, 5SOS reveal the potent chemistry and genuine musicianship they first discovered as kids. All near-lifelong musicians, the band first bonded over a mutual love for music with a rebellious bent. Along with playing local pubs and working on original material, 5SOS quickly earned a powerful online presence, gaining a worldwide following before they’d ever put out an official release. Soon after signing to Capitol Records they delivered their 2014 self-titled debut, followed by their sophomore album Sounds Good Feels Good (a 2015 release that saw them crowned “biggest new rock act in the world” by Rolling Stone).

After wrapping up the Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour in October 2016, 5SOS retreated to their now-homebase of Los Angeles to recharge their creative energies. In that process, the band reconnected with producer Andrew Watt and came up with two tracks that would define the next chapter of 5SOS: “Youngblood” and “Lie to Me.” Not only an artistic breakthrough for the band, Youngblood again proved 5SOS’s massive appeal as its title track went #1 at Top 40 radio for five consecutive weeks, hit the Top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100, and then later went double-platinum.

In the making of their 4th yet to be released album, 5SOS focused on further expanding their sound. “We’re fascinated with incorporating this very industrial-type musicality into what we’re doing as a band,” says Irwin. At the same time, the band’s also assumed a greater complexity in their lyrics. “Even if we’re writing about something beautiful, we always try to put some sort of dark twist on it so that the song has our own unique stamp,” says Hemmings. Along with adding more emotional weight to each track, that approach lends a whole new durability to their music. “We’ve got so many songs from when we were younger that don’t really make sense for us to play anymore,” says Hood. “But these new songs feel like something we could keep playing for the next 10 years, or even beyond that… It feels like our first album—like we finally found what we’d been trying to achieve since the beginning of this band.”
 

Genres

Pop Punk Rock