Listen to Australian Boy Band 5 Seconds of Summer’s ‘American Idiot’ Cover

By Kevin Rutherford

A new Green Day covers compilation from Kerrang centering on the band’s American Idiot has entered the building, and it features one of pop’s rising boy bands taking the reins on the title track.

With their cover released today (June 11) in conjunction with the magazine’s new issue, 5 Seconds of Summer are featured right off the bat with their rendition of “American Idiot,” alongside former My Chemical Romance guitarist Frank Iero, Bowling for Soup and Escape the Fate.

The Australian combination boy band and pop-punk foursome certainly haven’t hidden their penchant for punk in the past, making “American Idiot” a fitting cover for the group.

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That means it’s not something along the lines of One Direction covering Green Day in terms of complete harmlessness, especially since the quartet plays their own instruments, but it does lack some of the bite of the original — these are teenagers, after all.

The cover follows 5 Seconds of Summer’s major introduction to U.S. audiences on the Billboard Music Awards last month. The boy band performed “She Looks So Perfect” at the ceremony, with band member Luke Hemmings rocking a Misfits t-shirt, if you underestimated their dedication to the craft.

5 Seconds of Summer have found some success stateside since coming over; debut album She Looks So Perfect hit No. 2 in the country with 143,000 copies sold in its first week and has spawned a top 40 hit with the title track.


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