It’s been quite the 2009 for The Veronicas, and the year is only half complete.
The first six months have catapulted Jess and Lisa Origliasso, twin sisters from Australia, in to the American public eye. Surely no one in the mainstream media noticed the duo this much since Lisa dated Ryan Cabrera back in 2006. But now, The Veronicas are gaining attention in the States for all the right reasons: a hit single in “Untouched,” a cameo and performance in “90210” and now a cross-country tour with opening acts Carney and The Pretty Reckless. “Gossip Girl’s” Taylor Momsen fronts the latter band.
This Saturday, that tour detours to the F.M. Kirby Center for 97 BHT’s “Summer Jam 2009.” Joining the three aforementioned acts will be Lesley Roy (“I’m Gone I’m Going,” “Unbeautiful”), Safetysuit (“Stay”), Jada and Lovesick Radio, with Scranton’s own DJ Woogie in the mix all night long.
Jess Origliasso proved she could readily multi-task a few weeks ago, calling up “The Ralphie Radio Show” while shopping at a small boutique in Ohio.
“The audience is always very into it, like everyone’s dancing along and sings along,” Jess explained of the live set, which will also include The Veronicas’ latest single, “Take Me On The Floor.” “It’s just a really, really good time.”
More than music is working in favor of the Origliasso twins. FHM recently placed the sisters at number two on their “Sexiest Women in the World” list, bested only by actress Megan Fox.
“We were six and seven last year, and we’re number two this year, so maybe we can kick Megan Fox off next year,” Jess hoped. “Although, [Fox is] pretty sexy, so it might be hard.”
Safetysuit missed out on any sexiest lists, but the band has cultivated diverse following through music that appeals to multiple radio formats. “Stay” is the break out mainstream song for the Oklahoma-based quartet.
“Nobody can figure it all out, but we can at least try,” lead singer Doug Brown said of the song’s theme. “‘Stay’ was an awesome song to write. … It’s an emotion that everyone gets to go through.”
Brown also spoke on the band’s name, which originally was The Crew.
“Supposedly there’s some band called Motley Crue out there,” Brown joked, before explaining that Tommy Lee’s band successfully executed a cease and desist on The Crew. Another name, The Safety, also brought forth copyright issues, so finally the guys used a song called “Precious Suit” by Aqualung to finish out the new, legal name.
Tickets are still on sale for 97 BHT’s Summer Jam 2009, with ticket prices as low as $9.71 — yes, clever we are.