You might have heard of 5 Seconds of Summer – you know, that crazy famous Australian rock band? Well, if you haven’t, we’ve got a treat for you. Despite the fact that 5 Seconds of Summer have spent a considerable amount of time in the spotlight and under the scrutiny of the public eye, there are still some things that many people don’t know. With that in mind, here PPcorn present a list of 15 facts you probably didn’t know about 5SOS.
Number Fifteen: Green Day Is Their Spirit Animal
The group aspires to be just like Green Day, and they’re doing a pretty good job so far. Drummer Ashton Irwin has said that Green Day’s Bullet in a Bible is incredibly inspiring for him.
Number Fourteen: But Don’t Call Them ‘Pop-Punk’
According to the band, being called “pop-punk” is isolating and also minimizing. The band might encapsulate the pop-punk sound now, but in two years, who knows? They’re willing to evolve.
Number Thirteen: 5 Seconds of Summer Want This Tour to Be Different From Their Last One
5 Seconds of Summer’s first tour was pretty standard, but for their The Sounds Live Feels Live Tour, they really want to go the extra mile. They’ve said that they might try some new things, including opening and closing with the same exact song.
Number Twelve: They Want to Be a Stadium Band
One of 5SOS’s ultimate goals is to be a band that people buy tickets for and get excited to see. They already are that, but they also want to sell out stadiums. Hopefully, they’ll achieve this goal on their new tour!
Number Eleven: They’re Fans of VH1’s ‘Behind the Music’
It’s true! Frontman Luke Hemmings has said he’s watched many episodes of the popular show and really enjoys it, especially because it shows the band members which mistakes not to make.
Number Ten: Their Guitarist Played in a Church Band
Guitarist Michael Clifford played guitar in his private Christian school’s church band. However, he admitted that religion isn’t a huge part of his life anymore.
Number Nine: Clifford Wants to Connect With Fans, Not Take Pics With Them
If you’re one of those people who spends hours trying to get the perfect selfie by ambushing celebrities, you should probably stay away from Michael Clifford. Clifford says he would rather have a conversation with a fan than take a picture with one.
Number Eight: 5 Seconds of Summer Didn’t Fit in With Other Australian Rock Bands
Instead, they said that other rock bands in Australia pretty much hated them. Frontman Luke Hemmings has said that Australian rock bands tend to play the same kind of music, so they were really put off by 5SOS’s sound.
Number Seven: They’re Accustomed to the Insults
Though millions of people love the way 5 Seconds of Summer sounds, other people aren’t so fond. However, the band members have thick skin and are well-equipped to take criticism.
Number Six: They’re Self-Conscious
The band members have said that they don’t like being thought of as lazy teenagers who eat pizza all day. In fact, they admitted that touring with One Direction has inspired them to live healthier lives and start working out more.
Number Five: Their Guitarist Has an Interesting Sense of Style
For 5SOS’s first show touring with One Direction, guitarist Michael Clifford wore an eccentric – to say the least – outfit. He channeled his inner goth kid and had on dark clothes and several necklaces. Because his outfit drew a lot of attention to him, there was even a meeting about it after the show!
Number Four: Not All of Their Parents Support Them
In fact, bassist Calum Hood struggled when he told his parents he was leaving Australia to go tour with One Direction. At the time, Hood was a talented soccer player and may have been able to pursue it as a professional career, so his parents thought he was making a mistake.
Number Three: They’re Not All Good at Making Friends
It’s true. Clifford has said that he sometimes struggles to make new friends, especially with the busy schedule he has now.
Number Two: They Don’t Have a Ton of Celebrity Friends
Despite the fact that many celebrities seem to befriend each other. 5SOS have admitted that they don’t have a ton of famous friends.
Number One: But They Went to Taylor Swift’s Birthday Party
All of the members attended the pop star’s 25th birthday party in 2014. We hope you enjoyed our list of 15 facts you didn’t know about 5 Seconds of Summer!