Lock up your daughters!

2011-07-22 08:28

Twins with the odd name of Locnville have been wreaking havoc on the South African music scene lately. And their domination is set to continue with the release of their newest album, Running to Midnight.

Looks? Check. Style? Check. Interesting music videos? Check. Original music? Double check.

While teenage girls are falling over their feet to get to 21-year-old Brian and Andrew Chaplin of Locnville, they have certainly racked up their fair share of male fans too – thanks to their hip-hop-cum-electro dance music.

The Locnville twins are no one-hit wonders either. Their last album, Sun in My Pocket, garnered them four smash hits, including the title track Sun In My Pocket, 6 Second Poison, Love Rush and There, which alone enjoyed more than 800 000 hits on YouTube.

Obviously, the twins are hoping to do even better with their new album, which was partly recorded in Europe.

“This is the most fun we’ve had recording. It has a mixture of flavours and each one of us took part in the writing process.

“We wanted to ensure that the new album showed how we evolved from the previous one,” says Brian, the “older” twin.

The two have practically grown up under the spotlight and it seems they are trying to ditch the cutesy “Justin Bieber image”.

They made this clear on Twitter just weeks before their album was set to drop, ranting about being attacked by police, with many believing it was a mere publicity stunt – something they vehemently deny.

Brian says: “We have changed a lot since recording the last album. So much can happen in a year and we feel like we’ve grown up in terms of our music, how we promote it and how our public personas are perceived.”

The brothers scooped two trophies – including best-selling album for their debut, Sun in My Pocket – at this year’s SA Music Awards, solidifying not just their marketability as a band but as musicians.

“When we launched Sun in My Pocket, we really felt like we brought something new to South African music and winning in the best-selling category really meant that our hard work paid off and that we made an impact,” says Brian, who’s obviously the
chattier one.

Andrew chuckles: “We thought Danny K (who presented the award) was joking when he announced us as the winners.”

The duo still struggles with the misconceptions of being twins. “When working on Running to Midnight, we made sure our own sense of individuality came through in the lyrics.

“We are two very different individuals, especially when it comes to our music. We have different approaches. Personally, there are small differences between us but it’s not something we like to dwell on,” says Andrew.

In addition to their original sound, Brian and Andrew have also used their music to pave the way for other young,
upcoming creatives by using only young filmmakers to create their videos.

Their new video, Stars Above You – set in an enchanted forest – is yet another talking point for Locnville, offering something original and unique.

And hinting that they might be following suit with a 3D concert like The Parlotones did, we can’t wait for what this new age band will come up with next.

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