Calum Hood hasn’t left his Los Angeles home for more than a week. Neither have his 5 Seconds of Summer bandmates Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin, who shared with their fans mid-week he was “starting to get sick”. Management said there was no evidence he had COVID-19 but he was feeling unwell.
Like thousands of musicians around the globe, the Australian pop-rock chart slayers have remained connected to their millions of fans via social media as they’ve counted down to the release of their fourth album titled CALM over the past week.
The title was given to them by the 5SOSFam fan base, who have used the acronym of their initials for the past nine years since the four teenagers formed their band in Sydney’s western suburbs with dreams of world domination.
“It’s definitely a crazy time. I never thought I would live to see a pandemic like this,” Hood said.
“But it has redefined the way we approach our album release because we can’t be together or around large groups of people.”
And indeed, they would have been doing the rounds of hundreds of radio stations, meet-and-greets and fan launches for the roll-out of CALM if COVID-19 hadn’t completely altered our society.
The four members of 5SOS see their CALM album as a musical snapshot of their arrival as young adults after landing in the midst of hysteria-fuelled teen fandom when they found success as 15 and 16year-olds.
“Coming off the back of our third record, there was a sense of freedom about our ability to write a body of work we could be proud of as we’re growing into early adulthood,” the 24-year-old Hood said.
“We really look up to bands like INXS and Midnight Oil who always stayed true to their roots.”
CALM is out now.