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Things are going "so perfect" for Australia's 5 Seconds of summer
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Australia's 5 Seconds of Summer are looking for more than five -- for 15 -- minutes of success.

The teen quartet's new EP, "She Looks So Perfect," debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart this month, and its first full-length album is "pretty much ready" for release later this year, according to guitarist Michael Clifford. The group is doing sell-out business on its current headlining tour, and it will spend its second consecutive summer on the road this year with good pals One Direction.

"It`s amazing," says Clifford, 17, who formed 5 Seconds of Summer with classmates in Sydney. "When we started, I just assumed the U.S. was out of reach. When you start a band you kind of just do it for fun. You can never expect what's going to happen, so when (success) does happen, it's just amazing."

Clifford and his mates do want people to understand that they come from more of a rock base than an act like One Direction, though the guitarist acknowledges that "everyone calls everyone a boy band these days. You can't escape it, really. We don't really mind what people think of us as long as they know we write our stuff and play our own instruments." And the "She Looks So Perfect" EP does give a sense of the group's roots via its cover of the Romantics' "What I Like About You."

"I heard their songs in a couple of movies or something," Clifford says, "so I said to the guys, 'What about this song 'What I Like About You?' ' I kind of had to bring them around to it, but after awhile they were like, 'Y'know what? That would be awesome.'

"Then we did it with (producer John Feldmann and it came out really cool, which made me happy."

*5 Seconds of Summer performs Friday, April 18, at the Royal Oak Music Theatre, 318 W. Fourth St. Doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call 248-399-2980 or visit www.royaloakmusictheatre.com.

Web Site: www.royaloakmusictheatre.com

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