As 5 Seconds of Summer continues to promote its sophomore album Sounds Good Feels Good — which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart in October — the band stopped by The Howard Stern Show and delivered a high-octane cover of Green Day’s 2004 anthem “American Idiot.” The Aussie pop-punks earned a “Boys, that was beautiful!” from Stern.
The 5 Seconds of Summer guys wear their influences on their sleeve, and recently explained to EW how Green Day has impacted their music. “For me, it was their live performance, and the energy that the band has,” drummer Ashton Irwin said. “Also, they didn’t take themselves too seriously. But they [came] from a tough upbringing, and that appealed to a guy like me. I felt like I could relate to their music when I was younger, and I still can now. That’s the mark of a great band.”
According to Billboard, by scoring a No. 1 debut with Sounds Good Feels Good, 5 Seconds of Summer became the first band to have its first two studio albums debut at No. 1.
Check out the band’s performance of “American Idiot” below.