Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

5 Seconds of Summer: 5 Things to Know

Newspaper article Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pittsburgh, PA)

5 Seconds of Summer: 5 Things to Know

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Fans of 5 Seconds of Summer may recall having bought tickets for Sunday's show at the First Niagara Pavilion back in July.

July of 2014!

It must have seemed like an eternity, but that long wait has become almost run of the mill for teen-pop groups who need to move those tickets while they're hot.

Fans can finally cash them in for live music on the "Rock Out With Your Socks Out" tour. As this was not one of the stops when it opened for One Direction in 2013, this will be the band's Pittsburgh debut.

So, here is an introduction:

1) It's a boy band, but members don't like it.

5 Seconds of Summer doesn't like being called a "boy band," but it does fit the description in the literal sense. The group formed as boys, and unlike 1D or 'N Sync they play their own instruments. Drummer Ashton Irwin is the oldest member at 21, backing singer- guitarist-heartthrob Luke Hemmings, guitarist Michael Clifford and bassist Calum Hood, who are all 19. The frontman told the Sydney Morning Herald last year, "Starting in a garage and writing our own songs and playing them in pubs to 10 people; I don't think [being called a boy band] does us justice as a band."

2) They broke thanks to One Direction.

5 Seconds of Summer started at Norwest Christian College in Sydney - it's K-12, confusingly enough - and, like Justin Bieber, began posting videos of cover tunes on YouTube. 1D member Niall Horan spotted those YouTubes, and his bandmate Louis Tomlinson tweeted out a link along with a few million-dollar words: "Been a fan of this band for a while, everyone get behind them." 5 Seconds released a first single in November 2012 and by the next February were on tour in Europe opening for One Direction on the Take Me Home Tour. The band was a little divided on that career move. Luke didn't want to, and Michael was hoping for Warped Tour, whose founder, Kevin Lyman, would tell Entertainment Weekly in June, "I said no to 5 Seconds of Summer, but that actually ended up working out better for them in the end. They got on that tour with One Direction, and look at them now."

3) They write their own songs. …

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