The days leading up to 5 Seconds of Summer‘s 10th anniversary have been a frenzy over in 5SOS stan land, and we can’t blame them, as 5SOS have successfully broken THP HQ over the past few days! Ending the week of activity, new content, and nostalgia, 5SOS gave the 5SOSFam a new track, a live stream, and of course 11 podcast episodes detailing life for them since their start in 2011!
Broken down by year, each episode helps fans gain insight into what the band has gone through over the years up until now and the hardships and achievements they’ve encountered along the way. Limited on time, no worries, we’re here to share the knowledge with ten things we’ve learned from listening to the podcast!
1. 5SOS Found Early Encouragement From Their Fans
The band decided to take music seriously at some major turning points in their young lives. Some of the band were even still in high school when things took off, with bassist Calum Hood even being looked at for professional football. Being from a town where they weren’t being taken too seriously, the band says their early fans were the driving force to their ambition and success as they “encouraged us to make brave decisions.”
2. They Try To Keep A Childish Nature Alive In What They Do
In the 2015 episode, 5SOS reminiscence about embarking on the Rock Out With Your Socks Out tour, mentioning a sock puppet intro that was never played at the shows. Something we’d still love to see so honestly. Trying to have fun in stressful times, Ashton mentioned how they “keep the childish nature alive about everything that we do,” and that’s a reason why we love this band so much. 5SOS aren’t just musicians, they’re also comedians, just watch a few seconds of any behind-the-scenes or past live stream videos and the content will speak for itself.
3. Michael Was The Original Keys Player
5SOS live means someone needs to take over the keys. But what do you do when every member already has an instrument? One has to double up. We all love our favorite bassist on keys but that job was originally Michael’s, he did say in the podcast episode that he is glad to no longer have the responsibility.
4. 5SOS Uncovered A Lie They’ve Been Keeping For Years, They Didn’t Scale The Building In Superhero Suits
If you thought that 5SOS were daredevils who once scaled a building then you are wrong because the band has finally admitted to lying to us for years. Mentioning that they thought it was obvious that professionals were scaling the building until the band replaced them at the end for the reveal (it wasn’t), they finally fessed up!
5. 2017 Was a Year for Artist Development
After their second album was released, 5SOS took 2017 to really start questioning their music and how to mature the band. They took this time to learn how to write for the pop market they wanted to get into as they knew they wanted to change so they looked for genres to gain inspiration. They found it hard to be taken seriously outside the pop-punk scene and studied how to create the band’s longevity.
6. The 5SOS III Tour Was All About Testing Out Their New Sound
In intimate venues and with new tracks, 5SOS did a small tour, ahead of their Meet You There Tour to jump back into the waters and test out their new sound with their fanbase! The band took this time to do multiple interviews and shows where they explained and “redescribed” the band to everyone, setting them up for the greatness that was soon to come, the Youngblood era. Michael mentioned how it felt like how it did in the beginning, in a good way.
7. Their UK Record Label At the Time Of ‘Youngblood’s’ Release Didn’t Like The Single
5SOS wanted to push ‘Youngblood’ as the lead single for the new album, but their UK label pushed for ‘Want You Back’ to be the first single, as they didn’t like ‘Youngblood’ as a single in general. The track however took on a life of its own, showing up the UK labels decision. The band’s Australia label then decided to switch out singles, and the track is now legendary.
8. Thanks To Andrew Watt in 2019, 5SOS Were Able To Experiment With Industrial Rhythms And Showcase A Different Angle Of The Band
5SOS agreed to make Andrew Watt the executive producer of their next album, opening up the space for them to mess around with new sounds and rhythms, helping them show the band’s musicality, and allowing them to be comfortable using electronic sounds to complement their instruments.
9. 2020 Was A Year Of Self Discovery
Like many during the shutdowns, 5SOS took the extra time they had off of touring and worked on themselves for the past few years. Being put into the spotlight at such a young age, the band has grown up right in front of our eyes, so the forced break gave them some time to sit down and really take it all in.
10. 5SOS Faked It Til They Made It
In 2012, when 5SOS were being looked at to open for One Direction‘s Take Me Home Tour, “they strategically” planned for fans to be outside for them. When One Direction’s manager came to their Australia studio while the band made their Somewhere New EP, 5SOS tweeted for fans to come out to the studio, so there would be people outside and a “buzz” around 5SOS when One Direction’s manager came to check out their music.
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