Sex Pistols and Nirvana, represent.
By now, you’ve probably heard the news. But if you’re like “Huh? News? What?,” allow me to make your day: 5 Seconds of Summer is performing at the 2014 Video Music Awards! It’s a REALLY BIG DEAL (!!!) that warrants all caps and many exclamation points because it’ll be the boy band’s biggest-ever televised performance in the U.S., which means they’re going to be an even more major deal than they already are. Which means this performance is very important. Which means what they wear onstage for said performance is, like, make-or-break important.
Fortunately, the four dudes from Australia have their performance style on lock. For the uninitiated, here’s a style primer. If you’re an expert in 5SOS, or just someone who stares at pictures of them periodically, you know that they’re into repping other bands while performing. Big time. They’ve created something of a roll call of all their musical inspirations and we’re here to pay homage to their T-shirt collection. Check out our faves below!
Cool tee, cooler face, coolest hair.
Because you can’t call yourself a punk band without showing a little love for the Ramones.
Ashton’s looking nothing less than joyful in his Joy Division gear.
What’s the most heavy metal thing about Michael—his tee or his hair?
Ashton’s biceps are everywhere in that Anti-Nowhere League tee.
If you’re in 5SOS, you have to own a Misfits tee to fit in. Just ask Luke and Ashton.
Ashton Irwin: #1 Pink Floyd fan.
We’ll find out if the guys change up their performance style or—IDK—decide to hit the stage in band tees at the 2014 VMAs on August 24. If you need me, I’ll be at every vintage store I can find until then hoping for a meet-cute.