5 Seconds Of Summer Talk New Album With Angela Bishop
They're four boys from Sydney's west who continue to take the music world by storm.
What you need to know
- 5 Seconds of Summer sat down with Angela Bishop as they return to Australia
- Their latest album, Youngblood, is set for release on June 22
- Tickets for their upcoming Meet You There tour go on sale on Friday May 25
The 5 Seconds of Summer boys have landed back down under.
Studio 10's Angela Bishop sat down with the globetrotting singing superstars ahead of the release of their new album Youngblood and their Meet You There Aussie tour.
Their third album has been two years in the making, and band members Luke Hemmings, Michael Clifford, Calum Hood and Ashton Irwin admit it wasn't an easy process.
"We were in the middle of touring in 2016, and we weren't exactly sure where the third album was going to go at that point," said lead vocalist Hemmings.
The quartet, who first came together as classmates at Norwest Christian College in Sydney's north west, spent most of 2017 writing the album while living in Los Angeles -- where all four now call home.
"It wasn't easy, there's always time in songwriting where it comes really quickly, and that's where some of the best songs come from, and the bits in between that are the difficult parts," Hemmings said.
Their latest hit, which shares the name of their album, now sits at third on the ARIA charts, and was written with American songstress Ali Tamposi and lead guitarist of English alt rock band Kaiser Chiefs Andrew White.
"Originally Youngblood wasn't meant to be a single for us, we chose to release that, and you get it when you pre-order the album, which was meant to tie in with Youngblood [the album]," said guitarist Michael Clifford.
"And people just connected with it so much, and it's such an organic way for a song to happen. "
The boys will play two intimate shows for the 5SOS III mini-tour, which kicks off on Thursday at Sydney's Metro Theatre, and it is the first time the band has toured Australia since 2016.
"The goal for the tour is to introduce our fans, and basically road test our new music to them in an intimate venue," said drummer Ashton Irwin.
The boys said that while they were keen for the band to head in a new direction, they had to be mindful of their dedicated fan following.
"With making this album we had to take into account the new direction that we wanted to go in, but we also needed to make sure that the fans that we had still loved what we were putting out," Clifford said.
"The fans are always going to be the most important thing, because they're the only reason why you can do what you're doing."
Tickets for their upcoming Meet You There Tour go on sale Friday 25 May, and Youngblood is released June 22.