added: 3 Aug 2014 // by: Music-News.com Newsdesk
In this week's Billboard cover story preview the Australian pop-punk sensation 5 Seconds of Summer opens up about "being punk", opening for One Direction and inspiring new, young musicians.
The quartet has also taken over the number 1 spot on the Billboard 200 this week, de-throning Weird Al's historic, chart-topping album.
On Opening for One Direction:
The band has made a few minor adjustments on their sold-out tour with One Direction.
"We do punk jumps and all that," says Irwin -- but they've tempered their language to accommodate 1D's decidedly younger fan base. "We just don't ever say 'f-' onstage," he says. "'At our own show,' says guitarist and lead singer Luke Hemmings, 'we talk a lot of shit.'
On Being Punk:
"We're so proud of the music we make -- we love it -- and we're fearless," says drummer Ashton Irwin. "If anyone puts us down, we don't care. Isn't that somewhat punk -- not giving a damn what people say?"
On Inspiring New, Young Musicians:
"If a kid picks up drumsticks because of our band, job done," says Irwin. "Just to have guitars on the radio again is nice."