By Joe Allan
The biography of the most popular new Australian band taking the pop global by way of typhoon. Luke, Michael, Calum and Ashton became an in a single day sensation, topping the charts in fifty-one nations and promoting out their first US solo travel in exactly 5 mins. From their humble beginnings posting video clips in their songs on YouTube to helping One path on journey and freeing their first album, the previous 12 months has been a roller-coaster trip for the men. five Seconds of summer time: The Unauthorized Biography explores the early lives and backgrounds of the men, their choice to achieve popularity, traveling with One course and dealing with unexpected foreign popularity. this is often the tale of 4 gifted, enjoyable and down-to-earth boys who refuse to be referred to as simply one other boy band, and is a must have for any 5SOS fan.
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The boys’ music tastes were broadly similar. They all shared a love of 1990s American pop-punk and rock acts such as Blink-182, Fall Out Boy and Green Day, so it was obvious any group they might dream of forming would be inspired by these bands’ sounds. ’ Ashton explained this idea: ‘I used to be weird about saying that, but one of my favourite bands are Paramore and they say that they’re their own favourite band. ’ It became clear very early on that while 5 Seconds of Summer’s sound might end up being a mix of very different styles, incorporating not only the rock elements of their best-loved bands, but also some of their less conventional preferences, they were going to make their music their own way.
Unfortunately for Luke, he could at times be a little awkward, and this became even more exaggerated around girls, meaning he would often feel out of his depth on those uncomfortable first dates. ’ But one girl in particular was about to catch his eye, and soon she would become a constant companion and an endless source of inspiration. Aleisha McDonald was also a student at Norwest with a talent for singing and playing guitar, and it wasn’t long before the pair began hanging out together and, eventually, they started dating.
Over the years, Riverstone’s population has grown as accommodation costs have soared in Sydney’s smarter suburbs, and much of the community spirit it once possessed has been eroded by the new arrivals. The town has seen its reputation slide, as certain sections of the town are deemed unsafe at night. Ashton called it ‘proper violent’ when talking to the Guardian some time later, saying the area was virtually ‘under curfew’ as gangs of teenagers, with nothing to do and energy to burn took to the streets to entertain themselves and ended up drinking, staying out late and generally making trouble.