5 Seconds of Summer – Australian pop-rock band
5 Seconds of Summer is an Australian band, which was formed in 2011. Its lineup consists of Luke Hemmings (lead vocals, guitar), Calum Hood (vocals and guitar), Ashton Irwin (vocals and drums), and Michael Clifford (vocals and guitar). It’s interesting to note that since the formation, the lineup of the band hasn’t changed. However, the first music video, which the group posted to YouTube in 2011, was created without Ashton. He joined the group later, in December 2011, for a concert in Sidney. After the concert, Irwin became a permanent member of the band.
Initially, the group was performing cover versions of other artists’ songs and uploading them to the Internet. They were noticed by the representatives of Sony/ATV Music Publishing, who offered the group a contract in 2011. The musicians signed it and released their first EP, Unplugged. Even though all the promotional efforts were done through social media, the album was commercially successful. It reached the third position in the iTunes chart, which shows sales of the albums.
In 2012, before going on a tour, the artists recorded a new EP, Somewhere New. The promotional single “Out of My Limit” didn’t make it into the charts but was popular among Australian and New Zealand fans. In NZ, the album settled on the 36th spot of the national chart.