5 Seconds of Summer guitarist Michael Clifford has explained why the band’s latest single ‘She’s Kinda Hot‘ sounds a lot like My Chemical Romance’s 2006 song ‘Teenagers’.

Following the track’s release recently, fans of both bands talked about the similarities. According to Clifford though, the comparisons are due to the “12-bar blues”.

She’s Kinda Hot


“I think it may be in the same key also,” Clifford told Billboard. People were like, ‘You guys should sound a lot more like My Chemical Romance.’ Then we do be understood as My Chemical Romance and the ones are like, ‘Why the f*** do you appear to be My Chemical Romance?’ Ugh!”

The Sydney group scooped the award for Worst Band on the NME Awards 2015 in Austin, Texas. Nominees included The 1975, One Direction, U2 and Bastille, but ultimately, readers selected the relative newcomers, who released their self-titled debut album this past year.

My Chemical Romance


Clifford latched onto Twitter responding, posting: “Won the NME worst band award. I’m so damn happy today. thx to everyone who voted.”