Welcome to the life of 5 Seconds of Summer, arguably the hottest band in the world.
Just a few years ago, they were classmates in the suburbs outside Sydney, posting Bieber and Bruno Mars covers on You Tube.
"And for me, this week, it has been partying." can't believe we're going to a Good Charlotte show tonight!
The epic four-year journey has been immortalized in At this point, their celebrity has eclipsed that of their pop-punk idols Good Charlotte and Sum 41, but 5SOS have an entirely different kind of fame: They get re-tweeted at dizzying speeds by their teenage-girl fans (more than 13,000 in a minute); they top the "most-reblogged" chart on Tumblr; they are the subject of fan fiction, some of which features bondage sex and cross-dressing. "It scares me." In Las Vegas, 60 fans were busted for crawling through a venue's air vents, attempting to sneak into a 5SOS show.
But eventually Clifford materializes, wearing a fully unbuttoned shirt, pale, but fresher than expected. Hemmings complains, "It's just, like, Viners and Internet personalities, those kind of people. They didn't talk to Bieber – "I think he hates us," says Clifford – but they had a good time.
"It was fucking crazy, people standing on tables and shit," he continues.
he California sun is low in the sky over Bel Air, but at 5 Seconds of Summer's house, the day has yet to begin.
There are red-wine stains on the floorboards by the pool on the canyon-side deck, which overlooks the Chateau des Fleurs, a 0 million mansion that's been on the market since it was built, and the Pacific Ocean in the distance. "They should be up soon," says the band's English assistant, Zoë, who reads a book as we wait.