5 Seconds Of Summer On Credibility Overload As Bands Cover Their Songs

Australian band 5 Seconds Of Summer are fast becoming pop music’s hottest property. Just a couple of years back, 5 Seconds of Summer were uploading cover versions of other people’s songs to YouTube; now it seems that other bands are rushing to cover their songs. 5 Seconds of Summer’s Ashton Irwin, Calum Hood, Luke Hemmings, and Michael Clifford will see the fact that others are covering their tunes with a sense of relief and satisfaction. They will see this as showing that 5 Seconds of Summer have finally achieved the credibility they have craved.

5 Seconds of Summer joined One Direction at Simon Cowell’s SyCo and also toured with One Direction. There can be no question that 5 Seconds of Summer benefited hugely from the exposure they gained from touring with One Direction. They did, however, also gain a “boy-band” label in much of the critical press. This is a label that 5 Seconds of Summer firmly reject, they play their own instruments and write their own material.

As 5 Seconds of Summer’s career has progressed they have collaborated with the likes of Good Charlotte, Kaiser Chiefs and Jaret Reddick of Bowling for Soup. As reported recently in the Inquisitr in a recent interview Reddick described 5 Seconds of Summer as the “biggest band in the world.”

It is perhaps a sign of the progress that 5 Seconds of Summer have made that other bands are now covering their songs. Hall of Fame magazine reports that Good Charlotte have covered 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Amnesia.” In truth, the fact that Good Charlotte covered this song is neither news nor surprising. The Madden Brothers wrote the song for 5 Seconds of Summer, so in a way the song is not a cover. Good Charlotte have also been playing the song for some time.

As the video above shows, Good Charlotte have been performing the song since 2014, and even then, they were saying that 5 Seconds of Summer were like “little brothers” to them.

It seems that Good Charlotte are not the only band to recognize the value of covering a 5 Seconds of Summer song. London-based pop-rock outfit Next Stop Mars have just debuted their version of 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Good Girls.”

It isn’t just new bands or co-writers who have been covering 5 Seconds of Summer songs. Meghan Trainor, the singer who had the biggest hit of 2014 with “All About That Bass” has been getting in on the act too. Trainor played a set for BBC radio’s Live Lounge back in November and during that show, she covered 5 Seconds of Summer’s “Don’t Stop.”

It is often said that imitation is the most sincere form of flattery so 5 Seconds of Summer must be delighted to see other big name artists covering their songs.

As any fan of 5 Seconds of Summer will be well aware, the band are currently in the middle of their massive 101-date Sounds Live, Feels Live tour. The tour is currently in Europe, but it arrives in the U.S. on June 30, and 5 Seconds of Summer recently announced the support acts for their stateside shows. A statement on the band’s website made the announcement.

“[5 Seconds of Summer are] excited to announce we’ve got the One OK Rock lads, and our mates Hey Violet & Roy English on the road with us for the North American Sounds Live Feels Live tour dates!”

Hey Violet are label mates to 5 Seconds of Summer, so it may be the case that the L.A. based four-piece get the same sort of career boost that 5 Seconds of Summer got from One Direction. That would certainly be a case of sharing the good karma that 5 Seconds of Summer enjoyed.

Are you a 5 Seconds of Summer fan? Do you think that the boys have finally shaken off their “boy-band” reputation? let us known in the comments below.

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