5 Seconds of Summer on Touring With One Direction: "It Was Scary for Us"

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Were 5 Seconds of Summer scared to tour with One Direction? Well...kind of. But not for the reason you might think. While it seems it might be intimidating to share venues with the hugely popular 1D, it was really the association with a boyband that had them freaked.

Ashton Irwin tells Radio Disney (via People.com) in a new interview (look for it on August 4): "It was all very scary for us because we were a young rock band type of thing. We were very confused by why we would go on tour with One Direction in the first place because it was so different."

5SOS came to their senses quickly – how could they pass up the opportunity, really? Ashton explained, "It seemed like a good idea to grow our music and our live performance [skills]. It would make such a dynamic tour and really explain the difference between the two bands." He added, "It's cool that young kids get to go home with a bit of education on rock music."

5SOS' Luke Hemmings told Billboard.com earlier this year, "We were a bit worried at first. People were already calling us the new One Direction in Australia, but in our minds we're a lot different from them. We play guitars. We're rockier. But we thought that if you put us right next to each other, it would actually show people how different we are."

Ashton added, "We're not a boy band - we're a band. We don't want to be called the next One Direction. That's not us."
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