Young professional male meets a blonde and brunette in a Kensington hotel. It could be the makings of an MP scandal, the synopsis for an unoriginal porno flick or, just maybe, the start of a beautiful friendship.
The Veronicas, 24–year-old twin sisters Lisa and Jessica from Brisbane, are huge in their native Australia, but, as it turns out, pretty small in real life. Their interesting take on schoolgirl innocence is only enhanced as Lisa sits down and passes around a bag of pineapple sweets. Jessica, a newly bleached blonde, declines the offer; she’s started a diet that she predicts will “last until lunch”, and says that a beer is on the agenda in the near future anyway.
All energy, torn jeans and big, dark eyes, The Veronicas have a new single to promote, "4ever", which champions their free-spirited approach to flirtation. I ask whether one of their lines, "just one taste and you’ll want more' would work if used on them as a chat-up line? “I’d be quite flattered”, Lisa begins, “I kind of like that idea of someone coming over and saying that we don’t live forever, and coming over to say hi. I think that’s really cute. I’d like that.”
Jessica says that she’s be content with “Can I make out with you?” although that would depend on “how cute they were”. she also insists they’ve had to work hard to overcome the exploitable gimmick of "the twin thing". “The first paragraph of our bio talks about us being twins born on December 25th, but they may as well put that we’re pixie ninjas who’ll kick your arse. It’s irrelevant.”
I wonder whether their good looks might stand in the way of more serious appraisal of their music. Rather than take offence, they seem flattered. “That is so sweet!” they coo in unison. “It’s funny because I’ve never really thought about that as important,” adds Lisa. “We’ve got our style and we’re not trying to look like Megan Fox or Angelina Jolie, who I see as the obvious attractive people.”
Ask them what they look for in a guy and Jessica answers for both: “Someone who’s not up themselves, who has a good sense of humour, and a cool sense of style.” They’ve already described my accent as “so cute” and promised to look me up on Facebook - I might just be what The Veronicas are looking for. Guy Pewsey