The Veronicas dish on out-of-this world origins, twiddling their thumbs in the run-up to their new album, and why they dont really care if you hate their music [Ed note: You wont!!].
- We're actually not from Earth, we're from planet Venus. We spent a long time on Mars, couple years actually. Mars is the male planet and we were there for a little while. We learnt a lot about the male race and then we jetted back to Venus, to write our music. - Venus is great because obviously the letter 'V' is... - Prevalent in our lives. - Prevalent in our lives being Veronica. All my favorite words start with 'V. ' Veronica... - Vengeance. - Vagina... - Vagina... - Vegans... It just makes sense. - You speak about Australia like we're all jumping around on kangaroos with no technology. - And that is correct. That is correct. - How terrible am I with technology though? That's not a coincidence. - It is because you're Australian, isn't it? - It is because I'm an Aussie. - No. Um, yeah. Australians, actually, I feel like being so far removed from the rest of the world, we do have our own sort of subculture going on down there as far as being influenced by...not a lot. Yeah, so you sort of have time to sit with what you want to be creating musically. You know, in America, there's a very, like, there's a striving force, people born with here are ambitious, where as Australia, everyone's pretty laid back. - Everyone's pretty competitive, I think, because there's so many people. Especially, you know, Los Angeles, for example, being more of that creative capital of actors and musicians and people who just sort of wanting to make it. The entertainment industry, yes. So down there we're all sort of just... I don't know, we're in our own world a little bit. Australia is amazing, it's such an incredible music scene down there, locally. There are some really incredible bands that have come out of Australia like Silverchair, Skyhooks, InXS, like... The Vines. All your sort of real legendary rock acts. - To penetrate the market outside of Australia you have to leave. Whereas America, you can kind of, you know... But Australia it, it serves you well to come over here. So we actually split up our time between Australia and America, most of the time. So we spend a lot of time in Los Angeles. As far as where we tour, we just like to tour where the fans want us. So coming to America when we were nineteen and moving here and sort of making our first record, going on tour, was an incredible experience for us. I mean, before that we were in Australia and we'd never really left. So it's to be in a new place, to experience performing our music for people that want to hear it, anywhere, was a thrill, and still is a thrill to this day. It never gets old for us, to be up there telling our stories, to have people exchanging, you know, exchanging energy with us and singing our songs back to us, it's an indescribable feeling. Later when the curtains drawn] Don't cry to me, you played me wrong] - If people are hearing this collection of songs that we've created or any of our music, I just hope that they find their own healing in whatever the story is. You know, music for us growing up was the vehicle to help us understand our own unconscious feelings, or conscious feelings. So, if we were going through something, a heartbreak, or feeling upset, or feeling happy, we would want to find the song that mirrored that feeling and play it til...usually on repeat for a couple of months until we were sick of it and didn't want to hear it again or until we had figured out, you know found an understanding in ourselves of what that feeling was. It was usually Michael Jackson. - We want our music to move people. We want it to move them in some way, whether that's like, hate it...fine. Whether it's they love it, they feel inspired, they wanna go change the world, they wanna go and tell someone that they love them. Like, whatever it is, I want it to move them, and physically in some way, and inspire them. The worst thing that someone could get from our music, I think, for them to feel... - Just mediocre, is the worst. - ...mediocre about our music, just average. Or just like, "Oh that was okay. " "Fine. It was fine. " - That's so boring. Yeah, we wanna inspire something, and we wanna, like, put fire in people. You've ruined me] And no one's there for you back home] - Hey, this is Jess. - And Lisa. - We're The Veronicas. - And you're watching... - Baeble Music.
The Veronicas are an Italian-Australian pop duo from Brisbane, Australia. They were formed in 1999 by identical twin sisters Lisa Origliasso and Jessica Origliasso. In addition to music the sisters market their own line of clothing which debuted in 2007.
In 2005 The Veronicas released their debut studio album, titled The Secret Life of... which peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts and gained an Australian ARIA certification of 4x platinum for 280,000+ sales. The album spawned five singles, led by "4ever", three of which were top ten singles in Australia.
In 2007, the duo released their second studio album, Hook Me Up, which also peaked at No. 2 on the Australian charts and earned an Australian ARIA certification of 2x platinum for 140,000+ sales. The album garnered four Australian top ten singles. The album's title track, "Hook Me Up", was The Veronicas' first No. 1 single in Australia, while "Untouched" was an international top ten hit.
Following a lengthy hiatus (broken only by the July 2012 release of the Top 40 single, 'Lolita'), The Veronicas released "You Ruin Me", the first single from their self-titled third album in September 2014. The song debuted at number one on the ARIA Charts, becoming the girls' second chart topping single and their first to debut in the top spot. The Veronicas was released online and in CD format on 21 November 2014.