If you find yourself pining away for the days when the streets of pop were littered (or paved!) with Backstreet Boys and O-Town and 98 Degrees, then JLS will come as something of a welcome blast from the past.
JLS (Jack the Lad Swing) is the Brit boy band that took second prize in the 2008 season of the wildly popular U.K. talent show "The X Factor." But unlike some of their talent-show peers (where's Paul Potts!?), these boys have taken the momentum gained from their television stardom and parlayed it into a viable career.
Made up of guys with Dickensian names like Aston Merrygold, Marvin Humes, Jonathan "JB" Gill and Oritsé Williams (OK, the last two aren't that Dickensian), JLS is now bringing its sugary, harmony-drenched vocal pop Stateside, with the debut single "Everybody In Love," which recalls the days of "I Want It That Way."
JLS's influences apparently go back farther than the mid-'90s boy band glory days; the group's upcoming single, "The Club Is Alive," apparently draws inspo from "The Sound Of Music" classic "The Hills Are Alive."
Watch JLS's "Everybody In Love" video -- and the video for Backstreet Boys' "I Want It That Way" for good measure -- below.