Australian pop rock band 5 Seconds of Summer have released their new single, “Older” which features American singer and dancer Sierra Deaton.
The group consists of lead vocalist and rhythm guitarist Luke Hemmings, lead guitarist Michael Clifford, bassist Calum Hood, and drummer Ashton Irwin.
Originally beginning their career as YouTube celebrities, 5 Seconds of Summer rose to international fame while touring with English-Irish boy band One Direction on their Take Me Home Tour.
Since 2014, 5 Seconds of Summer have sold more than 10 million albums, sold over 2 million concert tickets worldwide, and the band’s songs streams surpass 7 billion, making them one of the most successful Australian musical exports in history.
In early 2014, the band released “She Looks So Perfect” which topped the charts in four countries. Their self-titled debut album was released in 2014, peaking at number one in 11 countries. The band released their second album Sounds Good Feels Good in 2015, topping the charts in 8 countries.
5 Seconds of Summer’s third album Youngblood, released in 2018, was a commercial success and became their third number one album in their home country. In the US, 5 Seconds of Summer became the first Australian act to achieve three number one albums on the Billboard 200 album chart.
The band also became the first band (not vocal group) to have their first three full-length albums debut at the top in the US. The album’s single, “Youngblood” is the fourth highest selling Australian single of the 2010-2019 decade and is the eleventh best-selling single in Australian history, selling over five million adjusted copies worldwide within the first six months of its release.
On 27 March 2020, the band released their fourth studio album Calm. The album was a commercial success and received generally positive reviews from critics who praised the band’s artistic growth and maturity. The album charted in more than 25 countries on numerous charts, and debuted atop the charts at number one in Australia, the UK and Scotland.
“Calm” peaked in the top 10 on 17 charts, including number two in Mexico and number four in Austria, Estonia, Ireland, New Zealand and Portugal. In the US, due to an alleged shipping error, approximately 15,000 copies of the album were released early, which resulted in Calm debuting a week early on the Billboard 200 chart.
Had the shipping error not occurred, Calm would have debuted at number one in the US, earning the band’s fourth consecutive number one in the country. Despite the shipping error, the album peaked at number two in the US, earning the band their fifth top 10 album on the Billboard 200 chart.
In June, Billboard named the album as one of the Top 50 Best Albums of 2020 So Far. With Calm earning the band their fourth consecutive number one in their home country, 5 Seconds of Summer became the second Australian band in history to have their first four full-length studio albums debut at number one on the ARIA albums chart.
Calm remains the best-selling cassette album of 2020 in the UK. The band is set to embark on their headlining world tour, the No Shame Tour, in 2021. The tour was originally set to begin in 2020, but had been postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
On 23 September 2020, Irwin announced the release of his debut solo album, titled Superbloom, released on 23 October 2020. He is the first member of the band to release a solo project. Irwin stated, “It brings me the greatest joy of all that I am in a band that allows me to create freely inside and outside of it”.
5 Seconds of Summer have experimented with several musical and artistry styles through each of their albums and throughout the span of their career. The band has expressed that they do not want to be confined to a single genre.
5 Seconds of Summer’s musical style has been described as pop rock, pop, pop punk, power pop, and new wave. In 2015, Rolling Stone magazine called them “emo-gone-pop” and John Feldmann of Goldfinger stated that, “[5 Seconds of Summer] is the best pop-punk band I’ve ever heard”.
In 2017, Matt Collar of AllMusic described the band as having a reminiscent of “’90s punk-pop” and “2000s boy band pop” in their sound. Through the release of Youngblood and Calm, the band has evolved from their pop-punk roots to explore musical depth within pop, new wave, rock and pop rock.
The band’s quintessential developing sound has now been described as “classic pop-rock sentiments setting up the layering for the catchy hook.”
For their first studio album the band heavily cited Blink-182, Green Day, All Time Low, Good Charlotte, Nirvana, Mayday Parade, Busted, McFly, A Day to Remember, Boys Like Girls, and My Chemical Romance as their influences.
For their second album, Sounds Good Feels Good, they cited All Time Low, The Used, Yellowcard, State Champs, Good Charlotte, INXS, Sugarcult, Green Day, and Mayday Parade as influences.
5 Seconds of Summer has been labelled a boy band by the media. Largely due to their past affiliation with English-Irish boy band One Direction and previously having a mostly female audience.
Members of the group have long rebutted claims that they are a boy band, with Irwin, in the past, comparing the band’s fanbase to Fall Out Boy, who also boast a large female fanbase.
John Feldmann, frontman of Goldfinger, attributed 5 Seconds of Summer’s fanbase to “a fundamental change in the pop punk demo[graphic]”, mentioning its gradual shift away from the majorly-male audiences of early 1990s pop punk acts, such as Blink-182 and Green Day. Hemmings previously described the band as being a pop rock band with a boyband fanbase.
The band’s third studio album, Youngblood, cited inspiration from the likes of Gorillaz, The Beatles, and Queen. Hemmings described the title track single of the album as the lifestyle the band were living at the time of writing the song and further referred to the Youngblood ‘persona’ as dynamic waves of “give and take”.
The distinct musical differences from their previous albums to Youngblood was credited to the band’s desire to move out of their sonic comfort zone of pop punk. Clifford later stated that in order for the band to feel satisfied as artists, they had to push themselves “to make something new” and that the unpredictability that resulted was “the best thing” for the band.