Yesterday, former One Direction star Niall Horan announced the arrival of ‘Nice To Meet Ya’, his first single since his 2017 album Flicker. The song, is set for release on October 4th. This is all well and good, but we can’t help but notice that the album artwork bears a striking similarity to hometown heroes Gang Of Youths Go Farther In Lightness rollout.

By similarities, we mean, they’re exactly the fucking same. Whilst one could argue that Gang Of Youths did not invent the concept of block text over a white background and that our girl Babs Krueger has been perfecting the art form for years, you can’t deny that this particular instance seems to be a direct rip-off of Nathan Cahyadi’s work on the ‘Say Yes To Life’ artwork.

Gang Of Youths has thrown subtle shade at Horan, simply commenting “Nice artwork 😘” on the single announcement. They also took to Instagram stories to share a comparison between the two artworks.

Gang Of Youths Instagram Story

Fans have taken to Twitter to point out the similiarites.

https://twitter.com/roguenouis/status/1177381881215475712

Niall Horan is yet to respond to the crimes of being a stone-cold copycat.

In related news, Gang Of Youths recently let slip that the band are gearing up to release a new album next year.

The heart-on-sleeve rockers descended on The Roxy Theatre in Los Angeles for a couple of sold-out shows. During one of the shows, frontman Dave Le’aupepe spilt the tea on what lays on the band’s future release horizon.

“We’ll be back next year guys, girls and people who aren’t either,” says Le’aupepe in the video. “With a new album, I guess.”

Dave Le’aupepe gave fans an update on the new record earlier this year, noting that the follow-up to 2017’s Go Farther In Lightness would probably arrive in 2020.

“I’ve got a name [for the album],” Le’aupepe explained in an interview with Radio X’s Communion with Maz Tappuni. “I even got some song titles, and I’ve got at least scaffolds for a bunch of songs.”

“I’ve been able to shape something out of it, but I haven’t really settled on a sound or anything.”