Sex Pistols and Nirvana, represent.
By now, you've probably heard the news. But if you're like "Huh? News? What?," allow me to make your day: 5 Seconds of Summer is performing at the 2014 Video Music Awards! It's a REALLY BIG DEAL (!!!) that warrants all caps and many exclamation points because it'll be the boy band's biggest-ever televised performance in the U.S., which means they're going to be an even more major deal than they already are. Which means this performance is very important. Which means what they wear onstage for said performance is, like, make-or-break important.
Fortunately, the four dudes from Australia have their performance style on lock. For the uninitiated, here's a style primer. If you're an expert in 5SOS, or just someone who stares at pictures of them periodically, you know that they're into repping other bands while performing. Big time. They've created something of a roll call of all their musical inspirations and we're here to pay homage to their T-shirt collection. Check out our faves below!
Cool tee, cooler face, coolest hair.
5 Seconds of Summer at the Billboard Music Awards.
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The Billboard Music Awards marked 5 Seconds of Summer's first-ever televised performance in the U.S. (Translation: Us Americans are soon going to be just as obsessed as their fellow Aussies already are.) So, yeah, tonight was a pretty major milestone for the about-to-be-HUGE boy band, and making a big first impression calls for pulling out all the stops, style-wise. Taking a cue from boy bands past, the dudes hit the stage wearing something we've never seen on them before—matching outfits. This was no all-white-everything suit situation like Backstreet Boys' heyday, nor was it anything like One Direction's color-coordinated pocket squares, because 5SOS aren't your average boy band.
5 Seconds of Summer just bein' awesome.
By now, unless you're the kind of person who hates music (what's WRONG with you?) or has no internet connection (which would be impossible, since you're reading these very important words right now), you've heard of 5 Seconds of Summer. You've probably listened to their debut single that's about, among other things, American Apparel underwear, and watched their music video (which shows a bunch of people in their, yes, underwear), and read a bunch of stuff comparing them to One Direction, who they'll be touring with later this summer (and who, it should be mentioned, they've danced in their underwear with).
Skivvies aside, 5SOS—as their most dedicated fans and also lazy typers call them—are an exceptionally stylish boy band. They're like a punkier, less-polished One Direction, which is also kinda what their music is like.
Because you're going to be seeing a whole lotta them over the next few months, between a world tour, a possible song of the summer, and what looks to be a BFD Rolling Stone shoot, we're taking it upon ourselves to make sure you're well-versed in the personal styles—and personalities—of the Aussie foursome. If nothing else, your tween cousin will be impressed.