Jake Roche (son of actor Shane Richie and former The Nolans member Coleen Nolan) and Danny Wilkin started writing together after they left school. They were later joined by Charley Bagnall through mutual friends and finally Lewi Morgan was the last addition to the band after meeting Jake through a girl he was seeing at the time. The band's was originally called Relics and their initial fame was through cover releases posted on YouTube; in an interview with Metro, Roche divulged that they had performed a number of covers of songs – "stuff like Ignition and Thong Song" and then decided to do "a more personality driven cover". Roche had heard The Nolans – of which his mother was a member – performing Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas when he was four and suggested that the band cover it. For this performance, they wore "elf ears" and created what Roche called "more of a comedy sketch". Scooter Braun saw this and offered to sign the band. This is a source of frustration to Roche given that ". . . Christmas" was the video that "took the least time and money and when [Braun] saw [it, they] were four mates having a laugh" and that "[Rixton] put a lot of effort into doing covers and uploading them". Soon after being signed by Braun, the band flew to New York City in August 2013 to record their EP, "Me and My Broken Heart, and Let the Road, their debut album with producer Benny Blanco.
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