By Radio.com Staff
On December 3, 2011, 5 Seconds of Summer played their first-ever gig. It was at The Annandale Hotel in their hometown of Sydney, Australia, to a crowd of about twelve people.
“We had this tiny little following,” says drummer Ashton Irwin, “but they were committed and fanatical. We didn’t have a clue what we were doing. Something was connecting about the different characters in the band. Even though we weren’t of an amazing quality there was realness to us that you could tell the fans liked.”
The band has come a long way, breaking out in 2014 with four multi-million selling singles and a self-titled debut album that topped the iTunes charts in 76 countries.
The band spent this summer on the US leg of their Rock Out With Your Socks Out 2015 worldwide tour, and Irwin says they love spending time on the road.
“When people say to you on tour, ‘I bet you can’t wait to get home and hang out with your friends,’ I think, ‘But that is what I’m doing now, in the most insane way!’ I don’t want to get back home. I want to hang out with these guys.”
On their second album Sounds Good Feels Good, which will be released on October 23, 5SOS have become a band of brothers on a mission. “The friendship is all based on what we want to do with the band,” says vocalist/guitarist Luke Hemmings. “It’s the love of old punk rock and new punk rock and wanting to bring that into the pop stratosphere.”
The band gave fans their first listen to Sounds Good Feels Good in August dropping the track “She’s Kinda Hot”.
The second single “Hey Everybody” arrived earlier this month and featured a music video lampooning terrible summer jobs.
“The sky’s the limit, really.” says Irwin. “It’s up to us, isn’t it? If the fans stay loyal and we stay loyal to them, there’s no reason we can’t. We’re a tight unit. We love each other and love what we’re doing. We know how lucky we’ve been. We don’t intend to mess that up.” So far, so good: it looks like there aren’t any terrible summer jobs — or twelve-person audiences — in their future.