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Identical twin sisters The Veronicas had already released two multi-platinum albums in their native Australia before their track 'Untouched' became one of the biggest hits of the summer over here. Now that we've finally succumbed to their infectious electro-pop-rock tunes, the duo - currently handily distinguishable as Blonde Jess and Brunette Lisa - are back with a new single, '4Ever', and album, Hook Me Up. We, ahem, hooked up with the pair for a chat.

How would you describe '4Ever'?
Lisa: "I think it's just a really fun song. It's got a great guitar riff and the message behind it isn't anything too heavy. It's about living life for the moment, forgetting about your worries and just getting up and dancing. Plus it's a bit bratty, which we like!"

It's been compared to Pink's 'U + Ur Hand' quite a lot.
Jess: "Oh, there's definitely a big similarity there, but hopefully people have forgotten about Pink's single by now! Seriously though there are worse things than being compared to Pink - she's awesome and totally kickass. Plus I've heard mash-ups of the two together that sound like one big amazing song."
Lisa: "Our song was actually written by the same songwriter and it was released in Australia before the Pink song. It was the first thing we ever released as The Veronicas, but since then it's been remixed and re-recorded to make it more up-to-date with our current style."

Were you pleased with how well 'Untouched' did over here?
Jess: "Yeah, it was such a surprise and so exciting. We didn't really expect it but the UK took to it so well."
Lisa: "I knew there was something special about it when we wrote it. I think it has this really great energy and a lot of people can relate to it. There's a lot of passion to it and it's definitely unique in it's own way."

Do you ever get confused about which songs have been released where and when?
Lisa: "We do a bit sometimes! We've got songs from the first record on the second record, but it's the first record we've released here! It's kind of cool though because it means we get to perform lots of our older stuff to new audiences."

Are the two singles representative of your upcoming album Hook Me Up?
Lisa: "The two singles are a pretty good indication of our sound. I think they're pretty iconic of what The Veronicas are about."
Jess: "We've changed the album's tracklisting from the version released everywhere else. It's going to be something different especially for our fans here."

What are your fans like over here?
Jess: "We've had fans over here who've been following us online for quite some time, so getting the opportunity to come over and spend time here has been amazing."
Lisa: "We've always wanted to come and tour here. We love everything about the country - the people, the food, the culture, the style. Even the weather isn't that bad."

Are you very rock'n'roll when you're on the road?
Jess: "We listened to a lot of Aussie rock'n'roll when we were growing up and that's influenced our shows - probably more than the record might indicate. We also went through theatre school so the performance side of things is very important too."
Lisa: "We're not too rock'n'roll when it comes to the rider though. We've never thrown a TV out the window, but I don't like watching it so maybe I'll have to soon!"
Jess: "But we only use black toilet paper which is very hard to find! Seriously though, the only demand we really have is heat."
Lisa: "Put us in a cold room and you'll see the diva b**ch come out in us! Then you won't want us around - we're not nice when we're like that!"

Have you been following the trials and tribulations of your countryman Peter Andre as he splits from Katie Price?
Lisa: "Do people take them seriously or are they just seen as entertainment? I didn't even realise that they really had split up. I thought it was just a publicity stunt. They're not at all newsworthy in Australia or America so I haven't been following them at all. I love how the UK is obsessed with reality TV - it's hilarious."
Jess: "To me he seems more like a reality star than anything else because his personal life's out there for all to see. I don't personally find that appealing because it takes the magic out of the music. It's the Jessica Simpson and Nick Lachey syndrome."
Lisa: "No offence, but can he honestly think... actually no, I better not say that!"

Moving swiftly on... Do you think you've benefited by not coming from reality TV?
Jess: "Oh, I think we've absolutely benefited because..."
Lisa: "You know what, here's my thoughts on it all. I think that in some ways I'd prefer to do reality TV. I mean, we do radio interviews, we're filmed for online, we do photo shoots and we're very much out there. With reality TV, as long as you have some creative control and don't just end up being in the tabloids it's not so bad. But unfortunately those people have no control over what happens. It seems like people need to know more and more about you these days. There's hardly any mystery left."

Do you think that's the down side of fame?
Jess: "I think being on the internet is obviously a really good way to keep in touch with your fans, but these days it's almost like you need to have a Twitter to keep people interested in your music. So many people are reeled in without realising it and then told, 'Our album's out now!' etc. You're feeding their addiction to gossip just so you've got them there to make money in the end. It's quite a weird machine."
Lisa: "Our Twitter posts make the tabloids in Australia pretty much every week."

Finally, do you know what the third UK single is going to be yet?
Jess: "It's going to be 'Everything I'm Not' from what I heard. I would like it to have been 'Hook Me Up', but I don't think that would ever have been the case."
Lisa: "I would have liked 'This Is How It Feels', but I'm very happy for it to be 'Everything I'm Not'. It's an awesome song that otherwise would never have been released because it's from the first record."

The Veronicas release new single '4Ever' on September 28. Their album Hook Me Up follows on October 12.

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