New Wizards of Oz

New Wizards of Oz
Members of the Australian band "5 seconds of summer" (from left to right) Luke Hemmings, Ashton Irwin, Michael Clifford and Calum Hood appear on NBC's 'Today' show in New York on July 22, 2014.

SINGAPORE - Armed with an energetic, punchy sound and a knack for crafting infectious, soaring tunes, the four fresh-faced teenagers of pop punk band 5 Seconds Of Summer are on the cusp of superstardom.

On Monday, they snagged Best Lyric Video for their track, Don't Stop, at the MTV Video Music Awards.

The youngsters - guitarist-vocalists Luke Hemmings, 17, and Michael Clifford, 18, bassist-vocalist Calum Hood, 18, and drummer-vocalist Ashton Irwin, 19 - are part of a new wave of success from Down Under.

Together with blonde sexy rap sensation Iggy Azalea and reclusive singer-songwriter Sia Furler, they find themselves leading a new Australian charge on modern popdom.

The statistics say it all.

5 Seconds Of Summer's eponymous album hit No. 1 on the US Billboard chart, moving 259,000 copies in a week.

That made it the third-largest debut of this year and the biggest debut for a group in nearly eight years.

Their strategy is a variation on the KISS formula: Keep It Short and Sweet. Most of the Sydney lads' melodic hits like She Looks So Perfect, Heartbreak Girl, and Try Hard average around three minutes - perfect for the short attention span of listeners these days.

The quartet made history by becoming the first Australian act to come out tops with its first full-length album.

In a recent interview with USA Today, Hood admitted that he and his mates were feeling the weight of fame and success, albeit in a positive way.

"You always feel pressure," he said.

"The boys and I have high expectations of what we want to achieve, but we're just having fun at the moment and taking it day by day."

Irwin told online publication Alter The Press: "We just want to be the biggest and the best band that we can be, and see how far we can take it."

Don't Call Them a Boy Band

There's one problem, though.

Earlier this month, Irwin told Billboard magazine that they are constantly ducking a very unwelcome label.

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