X Factor eight-piece Stereo Kicks have debuted the lyric video for their first single, "Love Me So".
After placing fifth in 2014's X Factor and being signed to Sony, manufactured boyband Stereo Kicks are plugging ahead with their debut release.
The track is an acoustic-tinged ballad which whilst featuring many of the tropes that all good boybands have to employ to build a strong (read: obsessive) fanbase, is actually a brilliant song. It's a bold move to come out with a power ballad right off the bat, but it feels like a decision that'll pay off in spades for the eight British boys. "Love Me So" is catchy, tuneful and well-written, starring an exceptional bridge - and we all know there's nothing better than a good bridge.
Interestingly, the song was penned by member Tom Mann which somewhat flies in the face of their manufactured roots (the band were put together much like fellow X Factor grads One Direction and Little Mix) and is an impressive songwriting debut. With a sound that merges the high-drama of fellow boybands like One Direction or 5SOS and singer-songwriter tinges that bring artists like Ed Sheeran to mind, "Love Me So" feels like a recipe for a hit.
The boys also opened up about moving on from X Factor mentor Louis Walsh (manager for Boyzone, Westlife and Girls Aloud), with Tom Mann saying to The Sun this morning, "I'd be lying if I said I wish we were still with Louis. If I'm honest then I'd say we're glad to be away from him".
If you're unsure as to who or what exactly Stereo Kicks are, firstly, shame on you. And secondly, check out their rendition of Snow Patrol's "Run":
Keep your eyes peeled for these boys, they're sure to hit the big time this year.