X Factor boyband Stereo Kicks have announced their decision to split.
The eight-member group began life as solo artists in the 2014 series of the UK talent search and were brought together as a group by mentor Louis Walsh. They were eliminated at the quarter-final stage of the series, lasting longer than any other of the groups during that run.
However, since leaving the competition the band have remained unsigned and released just one single, ‘Love Me So’, which charted at Number 31 in June.
The group released a statement explaining their decision to fans and blaming the pressures of being an unsigned act in the music industry for the split.
“We started the process alone and became one. Family is often an overused word, but in the last twelve months we have become one! That is why this next part is hard,” the Facebook statement reads.
“We have learnt first-hand just how tough the industry is as an unsigned act. Unfortunately, due to these circumstances, we are no longer able to carry on as a band.”
“Stereo Kicks has been, and always will be, a HUGE part of our lives,” the post continues. “We still remain the BEST of friends and will continue to support each other in everything we do.”
Each member of the group, Barclay Beales, Chris Leonard, Tom Mann, James Graham, Reece Bibby, Jake Sims, Casey Johnson and Charlie Jones, will pursue individual careers. The group’s final performance will take place at Thorpe Park on July 25.