THEY have the hit songs, the screaming fans and the rock n’roll haircuts.
But the members of 5 Seconds of Summer, which performed at the Enmore Theatre last night, admit they haven’t seen much money from their No. 1 success here and overseas.
“Definitely not much,” said Calum Hood, bass guitarist and vocalist, who said the band’s financial situation “hasn’t really changed.”
When asked whether they were rolling in it because of their chart success, lead singer Luke Hemmings said “Nooooo, definitely not.”
The band members — Hemmings, Hood, Michael Clifford and Ashton Irwin — who grew up in Sydney’s north west, are signed to Capitol Records and parent label EMI.
Hemmings said earning solid profits in music was a wider industry problem: “People don’t buy as much music as they used to, it’s very hard to break through. You have to be quite big,” he said.
This is coming from a band who had the no. 1 iTunes chart track, She’s So Perfect, in 39 countries.
Among a legion of teenage girls here and overseas, the band is huge indeed — particularly on social media.
Hemmings said music fans now expect to know everything about their favourite artists.
“Yeah, it’s not the 80s anymore, people want to know who you are — they want to know everything. You need to tell your fans everything,” he said.
Hood said the interest for details from fans was so strong: “they probably know more now than my parents do.”
Despite their popularity among teenage girls, in particular, the young men admit they didn’t get much attention at school.
Three of the band members attended Norwest Christian College in Riverstone, near Rouse Hill, where they say footballers were more popular.
“None of us really have that many friends,” Hemmings said. “we came together through music.”
“When we joined the band we were definitely outcasts — we weren’t bullied but we were outcasts,” Hood said.
“Being in the band just cemented everything, we’re brothers now, best friends,” he added.
They have attracted large followings in the US, UK and Europe, fuelled by touring as One Direction’s support act, but the band members are clearly happy to be home in Sydney, for a performance at Enmore Theatre.
“Australia’s home for us, it’s where it all started,” said Hood.
“It’s cool to come home,” said Hemmings. “We wouldn’t be anywhere without our Sydney fans, or our Australian fans. Those 12 people who were at the first show we played — they’re the reason we’re here now.”
Hood said despite being in the middle of a tour, the band members are working on new material.
The band is writing new songs at the moment — “there’s an album coming soon” aid Callum.
“We’re always writing,” said Luke. “You definitely have ideas but it’s usually in the iPhone notes,” he added, with a laugh.
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