5 Seconds of Summer played the American Music Awards stage for the first time on Nov. 23 to the sound of screaming teenage girls.
The pop punk band used the stage time to perform their cover of The Romantics “What I Like About You” which will appear on their upcoming live album “LIVESOS,” coming out Dec. 15.
For the 2014 American Music Awards viewers who aren’t tweens obsessed with the Australian quartet, 5 Seconds of Summer’s performance was very reminiscent of past pop-punk bands. The Australian teenagers have openly admitted they became a band under the influence of Green Day and Blink-182, but their performance seemed like deja vu of those legends.
Everything from the ripped skinny jeans to Green Day lead singer Billy Joe Armstrong’s patented spread-leg-guitar strumming stance gave homage to their predecessors. Guitarist Michael Clifford is even sporting a dyed Billy Joe spiky mess of hair.
Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? It seems to be working well for the boys anyway. They became the first Australian act to go to No. 1 on the Billboard charts after boy band behemoth One Direction took them out on their Take Me Home tour.
Check out their 2014 American Music Awards performance below.