A British boy band who discarded pouty, choreographed dance moves in favour of playing their own instruments, The Vamps became the new princes of pop 2014, aiming to inherit One Direction's crown as the nation's favourite teen hearthrobs. Formed when James McVey discovered a YouTube video of Brad Williams playing acoustic Ed Sheeran covers and tracked him down through Facebook, Connor Ball (bass) and Tristan (drums) joined later and the group signed to Mercury Records in 2012. They supported McFly, Taylor Swift and Selena Gomez on tour and built up a keen following by posting their demos online, before debut single Can We Dance and album Meet The Vamps (2014) both shot to Number 2 in the UK charts. Full of upbeat, sugar-coated guitar pop, the album also produced the hits Wild Hearts and Last Night and the lads collaborated with American starlet Demi Lovato on Somebody To You before headlining their first major world tour in 2014.
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