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Rising Aussie band getting more than 5 Seconds of fame

| Friday, Aug. 1, 2014, 8:57 p.m.

5 Seconds of Summer fit the boy-band mold: a quartet of young men with a feverish female fan base touring with British megastars One Direction. But the Australian pop-rock group identifies more with Pete Wentz than Harry Styles.

“I (grew up) watching, you know, live rock 'n' roll bands and I wanted to be like Tre Cool ... from Green Day,” says 5SOS drummer Ashton Irwin, 20. “To be called a boy band coming from those roots and writing our own songs and starting in the garage, it's just, I don't think it's the correct term for us.”

The group's first full-length, self-titled album debuted at No. 1 on Billboard's 200 albums chart this week after selling 259,000 copies, according to Nielsen SoundScan. 5SOS' debut single, “She Looks So Perfect,” became a Top 40 hit, and the follow-up, “Amnesia,” has peaked at No. 16.

Irwin said the “high-energy rock album” was inspired by guitar bands of the '90s and early 2000s, including Blink-182 and Jimmy Eat World, as well as contemporary performers such as Imagine Dragons.

Despite that, One Direction has had some influence on 5SOS.

“We've become comfortable. I think we're just like, really very used to having each other on the same tour,” Irwin says. “They've had us on their tour for like, two years now.”

The rising band is also performing for larger audiences: 5SOS announced this week they would headline an arena tour next year, including a stop Aug. 23, 2015, at First Niagara Pavilion, Burgettstown.

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