Luke Hemmings, frontman of Aussie emo-gone-pop sensations 5 Seconds of Summer, is embarrassed by all the songs he produced when he began writing music. However, he’s a happier recollection of 1 of his initial collaborations with 5SOS bassist Calum Hood. “We were fabulous friends in class,” he recalls. “Michael [Clifford, 5SOS guitarist] never visited school very much, and I did not have that many friends, so I’d be anticipating Calum to access school and acquire off his bus.”

One day, Hood didn’t turn up. “I attended my high grade, and I was like, ‘Alright, f*** this — I’m gonna head over to Calum’s house.’ When I got there, he’d our song ‘Out of My Limits’ half written, and I remember finishing the next verse with him. That was a very good moment.”

Four years after Hemmings, Hood and Clifford began posting acoustic covers of songs by Mike Posner, Chris Brown and Blink-182 on YouTube and added drummer Ashton Irwin with their line-up, they don’t have to skip school to create songs together. Instead, the Australian quartet posted up in the Los Angeles home for a couple of months, hunkering down to write down a follow-up for their self-titled 2014 debut, which hit Number One from the U.S., Australia and 11 other countries worldwide. “I think it absolutely was an awakening of the higher feeling of making music,” Irwin says. “We hadn’t ever done it that way before to be a band. It was form of old school. You don’t get the chance to do a whole lot anymore.”

Hood describes the upcoming album — Sounds Good Feel Good, due on October 23rd — being a more “mature” statement. The band was signed before one of the members turned 18, and growing pains and budding fame have inspired an organic progression in 5SOS’s songwriting. “The very first thing we realized being a band if we started writing songs at 15, 16,” recalls Irwin, “is that you could write a song, but to publish a real song that’s from the heart, which really connects together with you emotionally and spiritually, that may time.”

She’s Kinda Hot


“I remember writing the stupidest song I’ve written. It had, like, three chords, and that it was about the moon along with a girl.” —Michael Clifford

The first song Michael Clifford ever wrote was filled with wishful thinking. “I remember writing the stupidest song I’ve written,” he cringes. “It had, like, three chords, and it turned out about the moon. Something around the moon as well as a girl. She became a nonexistent girl because I was 12. I wanted to post a song in regards to a girl making sure that people will be like, ‘Wow! Girls as you?’ And I’d resemble ‘Yeah, totally,’ while in reality that’s merely true.”

But that has been then. At 19, he with the exceptional 5SOS bandmates became bona fide heartthrobs, playing songs about girls who don’t love them nightly to arenas stuffed with girls whose lives right now revolve around their adoration for them. Though these are a pop-punk band in your mind, they’re a boy band in aesthetic, creating Top 40 hits (“She Looks So Perfect,” “She’s Kinda Hot“) and peddling merch at tween mall haunt Claire’s among products for Austin Mahone as well as their former tourmates One Direction.

“I think they absolutely have One Direction potential, understanding that’s totally our goal,” Mitra Darab, Capitol’s Senior Vice President of Marketing, declares. She transferred to the band’s label five months ago following 15 years at Warner Brothers dealing with bands like My Chemical Romance, Glassjaw along with the Used. “It’s a little different, however, not so much. The only difference is always that [5SOS] have paved a brand new lane with this generation for punk bands. I think utilizing this new record as well as the direction — it is really guitar-driven — you will see a wide range of other people emulate that.”

During the writing and recording of Sounds Good Feels Good, the heroes who helped pave 5SOS’ path offered crucial assistance. Members of Good Charlotte, Sum-41 and All Time Low have songwriting credits within the album, and Goldfinger’s John Feldmann served as executive producer. Bonnie McKee — a singer-songwriter who’s got penned most of Katy Perry’s Number One singles — and Simple Plan joined them within the studio, though merely a big, acoustic number co-written by McKee, Feldmann, Hood and Clifford called “San Francisco” is likely to make the cut from those sessions. Even Mötley Crüe’s Nikki Sixx was prepared to create with the group before a scheduling conflict got from the way. “We didn’t get to publish with him now, but next album, we’re going to for sure,” Hemmings promises.

“It’s fantastic to see that [these artists] are supportive of any new wave of rock music,” Clifford says. The guitarist ended up being particularly thrilled to use Sum 41’s Deryck Whibley, one among his biggest inspirations. “He hasn’t really done a lot of sessions before, so it turned out kind of amazing which he wanted to do one around,” Clifford says, promising a “really heavy song” resulted. “He’s a fantastic guy, and Sum 41 is one among my favorite bands. All Killer No Filler is probably one among my top 5 favorite albums.”

“If I thought to myself not too long ago that Good Charlotte should make a record as a result of having a part inside our record, I would just end up like, ‘That may be the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard,'” Clifford adds. He notes that even All Time Low took some inspiration using their company 5SOS sessions too. “They said they wouldn’t make [Future Hearts] with John Feldmann whether it wasn’t for people. It’s just weird that individuals can have that effect. I can’t really explain it.”

The band also reconnected with Benji and Joel Madden of Good Charlotte, who wrote the ballad “Amnesia” off 5SOS’ debut. The Maddens stepped looking for a bigger role this time around around, co-writing the sophomore LP’s lead single, “She’s Kinda Hot,” with Irwin and Clifford. In the end, the mentees was crowned the mentors, inspiring their heroes to reunite their unique pop-punk group. “It’s kind of your weird turnaround, don’t you find it? They’re a big a part of me starting music,” says Hemmings, whose rock & roll dreams were ignited after he saw Good Charlotte live. “Every time we may write a song with [Benji and Joel], they will say, ‘We wanna write a Good Charlotte record!'”

She Looks so Perfect


During the making of Sounds Good Feels Good, the band as well as their collaborators employed many creative tactics. Hemmings recalls writing and recording around the beach within the middle of the night time with Irwin and Feldmann. Before they began composing, Bonnie McKee can have Irwin talk through his life — “almost as being a therapy session.” Similarly, the Madden Brothers culled inspiration to the riff on “She’s Kinda Hot” coming from a story of Irwin checking out the desert along with his girlfriend. The quartet swapped writing partners within the group, too, balancing time among 1 another and seeing what left it. “When you try out writing with normal folks, and you also become friends, you make new music together,” Irwin says. “It’s a nice thing to master their form of songwriting and exactly how they do it.”

Drummer Ashton Irwin sees this rock band’s exposure to Los Angeles as having one among the biggest effects around the album. “The place itself feels really magical,” he admits that. “We made a lots of friends there. For songwriting purposes, that it was a really great time for all of us. I even met a female over there and fell in love. Things like that contributed to creating this album. It felt unreal, and before we knew it, we’d recorded everything and it turned out time to continue tour.”

“L.A. itself feels really magical. I even met a lady over there and fell in love.” —Ashton Irwin

Reuniting with Feldmann brought this rock band especially near the producer. They would record within his suburban home, where a large number of girls would wait outside whatsoever hours for the day for a glimpse with their famous crushes. “The 5SOS guys are family,” Feldmann offers bluntly. “When it came time and energy to make the next album, [using the services of them again] would have been a no-brainer.”

“Calum has perfect the lost art utilizing his pick to obtain the real grit outside the string with the bass, and Ashton took time and energy to study the process of playing drums, which most drummers don’t typically do,” Feldmann says. “I am constantly thankful for their strong work ethic from the studio. It’s wouldn’t be understood as 5SOS without every one of them. Michael has his dark, emo side, whereas Luke has this really pop-punk hooky sound of guitar playing. When you stick them together, they will really complement the other person.”

On Easter, Feldmann brought his or her own family to see Irwin record his drum parts for the couple songs. “Music incorporates a ripple effect,” says Irwin. “Everyone wants to view it be generated and find it happen, and then they desire to listen to it. It brought your family together, and everyone needed to be a portion of what John does, and what my band do.”

Looking ahead an additional phase with their pop journey, the folks 5SOS agree that unity may be the key on their success up to now. “It’s been just the four us,” Clifford says. “I feel that’s considered one of the reasons why fans really latched onto us, since they just see us as four equal kids. We always just need [to be] the most beneficial we can often be, and I hope that never changes. I don’t feel that it will.”

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