The day that every 5 Seconds Of Summer fan had been patiently waiting for since 2016 finally arrived on Thursday, Feb 23. The 5SOS boys released their highly anticipated new single “Want You Back” (unfortunately not a HAIM cover) and swiftly announced an intimate-venues tour. But what have the Australian boys been up to until now?
The group dropped their sophomore album Sounds Good Feels Good in October 2015, then went on to do a ton of other projects besides a new album. Of course, fans are excited to see what is coming next for the band, but if you want to educate yourself on the band’s whereabouts since SGFG, check out what Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood have all been doing over the past three years.
November 2015: Release How Did We End Up Here Documentary
After the release of their second studio album, the group released a concert documentary about their rise to fame and their tour. The movie features behind the scenes looks at live on the road, their personal relationships, and included live versions of some of their hit songs.
February 2016: Embark On Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour
In order to promote their second studio album, the group headlined their Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour, making stops in 101 different places, including Asia, The U.K. and the U.S. — including a headlining show at Madison Square Garden.
July 2016: Release Ghostbusters Single, “Girls Talk Boys”
The boys released a groovy single for the all-female Ghostbusters reboot in 2016. “Girls Talk Boys” featured yearning lyrics and the boys singing in falsetto set to a ghost-themed music video.
December 2016: Release Sounds Good Feels Good B-Sides
The band released previously unheard material as a part of their b-sides edition of Sounds Good Feels Good. The release featured nine unreleased songs, including an acoustic version of their Hot 100 hit “She Looks So Perfect.”
January 2017: Two of the Guys Become Dog Dads
While taking a break from music, a couple of the 5SOS lads decided to become dog parents. In 2017, both Hemmings and Hood got dogs that they heavily documented on their Instagram accounts for months and months after.
January 2017: Feature On One Ok Rock Album, Fueling New Album rumors
5SOS was featured on the track “Take What You Want” from Japan-based rock band One OK Rock. The song featured emotionally charged lyrics over an impactful rock song, along with some epic screaming.
August 2017: Continue the Sounds Good Feels Live Tour Overseas
Though the band promised an album in 2017, they still had no new material by summer. But, they continued to play shows throughout the year, making stops in Japan and Australia, which they documented in a series of vlogs.
December 2017/Early 2018: Hint That New Stuff Is On the Horizon
In December 2017, guitarist Michael Clifford spoke to Billboard about their new sound and upcoming album. “I think the reason it’s taken so long is because we haven’t just wanted to get it to a place where we’re, like, happy… We want it to be perfect. I think when all the new stuff comes out, it’s like a departure of our old sound but it still keeps elements of all of the things we liked about it. It was just time for us to change.”
been listening to our new album a lot lately, thinkin’ about which songs you guys are gonna love the most
— crypto boi (@Michael5SOS) November 14, 2017
February 2018: Release “Want You Back”
After teasing new material for almost a year, the boys changed their Twitter header to the words “Want You Back,” which led to speculation from fans that a new single would be on the way. They later released “Want You Back” own Feb. 23. The poppy rock track was followed by a tour announcement. Check out the song and dates below.
03/20 – Stockholm, SE @ Debaser Strand
03/23 – Antwerp, BE @ Trix
03/24 – Cologne, DE @ Gloria
03/26 – Amsterdam, NL @ Melkweg
03/29 – Milan, IT @ Fabrique|
04/04 – Paris, FR @ Yoyo
04/05 – London, UK @ Heaven
04/08 – Boston, MA @ Paradise Rock Club
04/09 – Philadelphia, PA @ Theatre of Living Arts
04/10 – Silver Spring, MD @ The Fillmore Silver Spring
04/12 – New York, NY @ Irving Plaza
04/13 – Toronto, ON @ The Danforth Music Hall
04/15 – Minneapolis, MN @ Varsity Theater
04/16 – Chicago, IL @ House of Blues Chicago
04/18 – Nashville, TN @ Cannery Ballroom
04/19 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues Dallas
04/21 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston
04/23 – Phoenix, AZ @ The Van Buren
04/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Belasco Theater
04/26 – San Diego, CA @ House of Blues San Diego
04/27 – San Francisco, CA @ The Fillmore
05/02 – Singapore, Singapore @ Capitol Theatre
05/24 – Sydney, Australia @ Metro
05/29 – Melbourne, Australia @ 170 Russell
06/04 – Mexico City, Mexico @ Lunario Del Auditorio Nacional
06/06 – Sao Paolo, Brazil @ Cine Joia