While One Direction is on an 18-month hiatus, listeners can have another British boy band, The Vamps, to obsess over.
The four-man band – comprising Connor Ball, Tristan Evans, James McVey and Brad Simpson – recently released its second studio album, Wake Up, and they sing about all the familiar lofty ideals that come with young love.
All the stages of teenage love are explored – from that dizzying feeling of infatuation in Windmill to declaring your undying love to your lover in Volcano and Be With You, and that dramatic moment when you realise he or she is the one that got away in Million Words.
The Vamps displays a sense of maturity in Burn, which, co-written by members of the band themselves, comes off honest and vulnerable.
Music-wise, the album is a mixed bag of genres, incorporating rock, EDM and rap to its pop leanings. The melodies are strong overall but it still lacks that one massive earworm of a track to take The Vamps further.