Calum Hood and the rest of 5 Seconds of Summer have had something of a strange week. Just over a week ago, Hood and bandmates Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford, and Luke Hemmings surprised their fans when they dropped a new single release. The song, “She’s Kinda Hot,” has been a smash, hitting No. 1 in no less than 37 countries and reaching over four million views on YouTube in a week.
Hood was understandably delighted at the success of their new tune, and according to News Australia, Calum wants 5SOS to bring rock music back to the charts.
“hopefully we introduce a bit more guitar on the radio and inspire some people to pick up guitars. We love rock music and we want to hear it back on mainstream radio.
“I am sick and tired of hearing all this bu*****t on the radio, if I am going to be honest. It is driving me insane.”
According to Hood, 5SOS want to lead a rock revolution by becoming the voice for disaffected youth. Hood claimed that their second album would kick off a “revolution for kids who don’t feel they are accepted in society.” According to Unreality TV, Hood says that “it’s for us to give our fans a place to belong.”
The problem that Hood and 5SOS face is that for many music fans, they cannot shake off their boy band image. Hood and his mates are mostly under 20-years-old, and for many people, 5SOS destroyed any chance they had of gaining credibility when they went out on tour with One Direction.
Hood and 5SOS are determined to shake of that boy band label and to be recognized as a genuine pop-punk band. Earlier this week, it was reported in the Inquisitr that reviewers have finally started to recognize that 5SOS are much better than One Direction, they play their instruments, and mostly write their own material for a start.
An example of the battle Hood and company face emerged earlier this week when the bands fans won the Tumblr Fandom of the Year award at the Alternative Press Music Awards. The Daily Mail reports that when the award was announced, outraged fans took to social media to express their disgust that 5SOS were even nominated for an “alternative music” award.
One Twitter user called Hood’s fans “toxic” whilst others questioned why 5SOS were even nominated.
5sos only won that award purely 'cause of the amount of fans they have online. That fanbase is one of most toxic fanbases around #APMAs
— forameus (@blissfuIfiction) July 23, 2015
What do Inquisitr readers think? Is Calum Hood right to claim that 5SOS are a bone-fide pop-punk band?
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