During their recent London promo tour, 5 Seconds of Summer visited the BBC Radio 1 Live Lounge for two amazing performances and a quick chat with host, Clara Amfo. As they continue to travel the world performing their new single, “Easier,” we got a special cover thanks to BBC Radio One. 5SOS gave fans their version of Sam Smith and Normani’s “Dancing with a Stranger,” and let’s just say, it was absolutely breathtaking.
The band performed on a mat decorated with their icons that fans first saw during the release of “Easier.” When asked what they represent, Drummer, Ashton Irwin said, “They’re our personal icons, there’s four artists in the group obviously and we’re all extremely individual in what we want from this group. And I think different fans are attracted to different ideologies behind each member.”
Fans can look forward to seeing the mat in person because it looks like it may be making appearances! “I’d like to take this around the world with us though, and do other things with it,” said Irwin.
Before performing in the Live Lounge, the band was asked about their cover song where they mentioned that the track related to them lyrically and fit the best musically with what they are trying to do in this new era. During their rendition of the hit song, “Dancing with a Stranger,” the band switched it up some with bassist Calum Hood solely on the keyboard. Hood and lead singer, Luke Hemmings lead the verses on the song, while guitarist Michael Clifford and Irwin joined in perfectly during the chorus for a very god-like harmony.
Hood blew fans away with his take on Normani’s verse with many relishing the fact that the band decided to keep the song’s pronouns original to the lyrics. Ending the cover, the band broke out into a dreamy snippet of Disclosure’s “Latch” for a nice surprise twist.
5SOS also performed a flawless acoustic version of their newest single, “Easier!” Fans are loving the new song and all these live performances!
We can’t wait to see what the band has next in store as they venture over to their homeland next week for more promo!
Words: Mar Maldonado | Photo: BBCRadio1