Ex­tended Sum­mer

No one from 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer has time for a solo record ... for now.

The Star Malaysia - Star2 - - SHOWBIZ - By ANGELIN YEOH en­ter­tain­ment@ thes­tar. com. my

THE boys of 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer ( 5SOS) have no time for ques­tions like who will be the first in the band to re­lease a solo ef­fort. At a re­cent press in­ter­view in Kuala Lumpur, things got a bit tense in the room when a jour­nal­ist wanted to know if any­one in the band is poised to pull a Justin Tim­ber­lake, Zayn Malik or Rob­bie Wil­liams – leave the band to pur­sue a solo ca­reer.

No­body wanted to an­swer the ques­tion un­til drum­mer and el­dest mem­ber 21- year- old Ash­ton Ir­win stepped in. “We’re not re­ally into that. It’s not re­ally im­por­tant to us yet. Fair enough,” he said.

Band­mates – gui­tarist Michael Clifford, rhythm gui­tar/ vo­cals Luke Hem­mings and bassist Calum Hood – idly echoed his state­ment, let­ting out “yeah” and quickly moved on to an­other ques­tion about dat­ing. If you have to know, Ir­win said he would never let any of his band­mates date his younger sis­ter.

What sets 5SOS apart from bands like One Di­rec­tion, Fifth Har­mony and South Korea’s iKOn is that the guys were not dis­cov­ered on a re­al­ity tal­ent show.

They have es­tab­lished a con­nec­tion and a sense of ca­ma­raderie way be­fore the idea of fame kicked in.

In 2011, Clifford, Hem­mings and Hood were in high school when they posted an acous­tic cover of Chris Brown’s Next To You on YouTube. Their earnest­ness was re­flected in the video, which went vi­ral.

It was Gotta Get Out, an orig­i­nal num­ber, that caught the at­ten­tion of One Di­rec­tion’s Louis Tom­lin­son, who then posted on so­cial me­dia and con­fessed he was a fan of the band.

The ex­po­sure led 5SOS to be­come the sup­port­ing act for One Di­rec­tion’s tour in 2013. When 5SOS’s epony­mous de­but al­bum hit No. 1 in 13 coun­tries in­clud­ing the US Bill­board 200, it’s safe to say that the boys have suc­cess­fully ex­tended their fame to last be­yond five sec­onds.

“When we started the band, we didn’t ex­pect to be this big. At that time, the name ‘ 5 Sec­onds Of Sum­mer’ came up sim­ply be­cause we needed one. We didn’t ex­actly feel like a band at that time. Then, it just kinda evolve into where we are now,” ex­plained Clifford.

The “where we are now” in­cludes a world­wide Sounds Good Feels Good tour, an Amer­i­can Mu­sic Awards win for New Artiste Of The Year in 2014 and Peo­ple’s Choice award for Favourite Break­out Artiste last year. Oh, and a se­cond al­bum ( Sounds Good Feels Good) that peaked at No. 1 on the UK Al­bums and US Bill­board 200 charts.

For Hood, he knew 5SOS was meant to be more than just a YouTube cover band when he saw how much sup­port came from the fans.

“We re­alised that we have some­thing spe­cial with our fans. They are in­cred­i­ble sim­ply be­cause they have stuck with us for a long time,” he said.

Which is why the band grabbed the chance to per­form in this re­gion when the op­por­tu­nity arose.

The band got a rous­ing wel­come from Malaysian fans who re­port­edly waited for hours for them to ar­rive at the Kuala Lumpur In­ter­na­tional Air­port in Sepang.

Hem­mings said the band was happy to be able to make time for fans here: “It’s our first time in Asia and we didn’t re­ally know what to ex­pect. We’ve had a lot of ac­tiv­ity on­line from our fans in Asia. So to come here is a re­ally proud mo­ment for us.”

— Uni­ver­sal Mu­sic

( From left) Clifford, hem­mings, hood and Ir­win are elated with the suc­cess of 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer.

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