Oh look, a post where I’m fangirling about something, how groundbreaking. Lol.
5 Seconds of Summer are an Australian band. If you haven’t already heard of them, you’re about to. Because I’m awful at summaries, feel free to head over to their Wikipedia page for more details on the origins of the band and their career to date. Basically though, it goes like this: they formed in 2011 in Sydney and began by posting cover songs on Youtube, before signing a publishing deal with Sony and releasing their debut EP which reached #3 in the Aus Itunes charts. Following a few supportive tweets from a couple of One Direction members, 5SOS joined the Take Me Home Tour in 2013 as 1D’s support act, touring through the UK, USA, Australian and New Zealand. They also played an Australian headlining tour during a break from the TMH tour which sold out super fast.
Fast forward to the present day and 5SOS are currently headlining their “There’s No Place Like Home” tour across Australia, and are set to once again support One Direction on their upcoming stadium tour across the US, UK, Canada and Europe. They’ve released another EP and its first single, She Looks So Perfect, went to #1 in 39 countries. 5SOS are officially the fourth Australian band or artist to reach #1 in the UK, and the first to do so in 14 years, which is pretty insane.
(Over 21 million views and counting, whaaaaaat)
There’s another single, Don’t Stop, being released on a second EP (which will technically be their fourth extended play release) in June, and with luck, there should be a full length album released by the end of the year. The majority of their live set consists of songs that have never been released as studio versions, but that the crowd knows and loves regardless. I guess the idea behind releasing EPs in addition to an album really gives as much music as possible to the fans to enjoy.
To put this in a teensy bit of context, I saw 5 Seconds of Summer perform live at the Palais Theatre last night. It was fun. I felt quite old, but it was still fun. I think my hearing may be temporarily damaged by all the screaming, but oh well. Overall, it was a good show. Definitely enjoyed the playlist of songs that was happening beforehand and in between the support act and the main event. Stacy’s Mom, anyone? (“IT’S ON SINGSTAR!”, as one 14 year old sat behind me reminded us all). Props to the girls I saw recording the show on their iPads. Dedication.