5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer

Af­ter a se­ri­ous drought, the boys are back in a mas­sive way. Girl­friend spoke to 5SOS res­i­dent dad Ash­ton to get the low-down on the Young­blood era.

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Ash­ton spills the tea

Con­grats on the well-de­served suc­cess of Young­blood. How have you guys cel­e­brated?

Hon­estly, play­ing the shows is our cel­e­bra­tion. It’s so re­ward­ing to play new music to our fans, es­pe­cially in our home coun­try.

Your fans are su­per-loyal though and have been so ex­cited for this al­bum...

I love watch­ing the re­sponse to the evo­lu­tion of 5 Sec­onds of Sum­mer and our fans, par­tic­u­larly in Aus­tralia, have al­ways been there from lit­er­ally day one. I re­ally en­joy see­ing fa­mil­iar faces in the crowds here and I love that our fans in Aus­tralia work re­ally hard to in­tro­duce our music to new peo­ple who wouldn’t nor­mally have come to our shows. That’s one of the best parts – I have a lot to thank our

Aus­tralian fans for.

Did you guys ex­pect the song ‘Young­blood’ to do as well as it has?

I was re­ally con­fi­dent in ‘Young­blood’, I re­ally love the song and I feel that it en­cap­su­lates where the band is at to­day son­i­cally and lyri­cally. We feel re­ally great about this song and it’s nice that the en­ergy we put into it has been re­cip­ro­cated by our home­com­ing.

You all wrote on this al­bum, but par­tic­u­larly you and Luke, is that right?

Yeah, we all wrote on this al­bum, but Luke and I trav­elled to Swe­den in 2016 and 2017 to write a lot of the songs on the record. We didn’t nec­es­sar­ily write more than the other boys.

What was your process like on writ­ing for this al­bum?

We took in­flu­ences from a lot of new music and a lot of older music. We took in­flu­ence from bands like Cold­play and Twenty One Pi­lots, but then we also took it back to bands that I love like Mas­sive At­tack and The Cure. We com­bined those el­e­ments into our new music. That was the most ex­cit­ing part of the process, be­ing able to fi­nally share some of our other in­flu­ences.

“Our Aussie fans work hard to in­tro­duce our music to new peo­ple.”

What would you say are the main themes of the al­bum?

The ones that I iden­tify with are el­e­ments of be­com­ing, love and loss, and also an un­der­stand­ing of self. They’re the main themes for me.

What was the first concert you went to?

I went to Sound­waves in 2009, be­cause I re­ally loved metal and rock music, and I still do. I saw Iron Maiden.

Grow­ing up, who fea­tured in the posters on your wall?

I had re­ally ran­dom posters! I was ob­sessed with Slip­knot, I had posters of Pink, 50 Cent, I had a poster of ev­ery sin­gle Simp­sons char­ac­ter. So many ran­dom ones. I also did a lot of art when I was a kid, so I had a lot of that on my walls as well.

If you could see any­one per­form – dead or alive – who would it be?

I would see Elvis. I’ve been lucky enough to see The Rolling Stones, but I would also love to see The Beach Boys, The Bea­tles or The Mon­kees.

Who do you think is killing it right now in the music in­dus­try?

I re­ally love Troye Sivan’s new music. It ac­tu­ally has a strange align­ment with what we’re do­ing right now. I re­ally love Bloom. I love Jaden Smith’s artis­tic vi­sion. And I’m re­ally proud of Halsey be­cause we’ve grown up to­gether in the music in­dus­try and I’m re­ally proud of her these days – she’s re­ally killing it.

Which drum­mers were you in­spired by grow­ing up?

I would have to say I was heav­ily in­flu­enced by my step­dad, who was a drum­mer in a band. I was in­flu­enced by Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Pep­pers. I was hon­estly mainly in­flu­enced by singers though, be­cause I’m a singer and song­writer. So I was al­ways into singers like Dave Grohl.

What’s the story be­hind your new tat­toos?

I have an ea­gle on the back of my neck, which rep­re­sents my per­sonal free­dom from my past. I have a heart on my left hand, which re­minds me to see the good in peo­ple. I have a tat­too on my right hand to rep­re­sent my band.

What cologne do you wear?

I wear Tom Ford. I don’t know which one! It’s black. It’s small. I don’t

re­mem­ber what it’s called.

Sounds like Noir to me...

Yes! That’s it!

What’s your favourite old, and new, song to per­form live?

Favourite old song is ‘She Looks So Per­fect’ and new song is ‘Want You Back’.

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