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Twin Brothers make CD

 

By Hijal de Sarkar

From THE Scarborough MIRROR

Apr. 24, 2002

 

Brothers Ron and Don Croft have produced their first CD, "Who's Who".

They plan to go on tour in the near future.

 

Call It Double Trouble.

 

Scarborough residents Ron Croft and his twin brother Don, collectively known as The Twin Brothers, have put together their first CD, "Who's Who", which they wrote, performed, produced in their basement home studio and are distributing by themselves.

The new album highlights the band's varying influences and styles of music.

"I think maybe our album is a tiny bit retro," said Ron, who does vocals and guitars. "We sort of took the old and the new and tried to put it together and come up with something (of) our own style."

Don and Ron said bigger, more popular bands from Canada, the U.S. and the U.K have influenced them.

The brothers dress and act identical. They wear the exact clothes, have the same hairstyle and even wear indistinguishable sunglasses. They said their image makes them unique.

"We dress the same to be different," said Don, who plays the drums, sings and writes most of the lyrics.

"Most guys our age don't dress the same as their twins, so to be different and stand out, we decided to dress the same."

 

PLAYING SINCE AGE 15

 

The brothers have been playing since they were 15. They sent out a number of demo CDs to major record labels, opening their own company Twin Brothers in 1997. They plan to incorporate the label in the future, and if successful they aspire to assist other independent artists.

 

The pair began playing instruments at an early age, something they attributed to the fact their mother is a piano teacher.

"There have been a lot of times when we'd be eating Kraft Dinner. But we worked hard and we really believed in ourselves," Ron said.

While they acknowledge they have the added difficulty of being Canadian artists, they take solace in the fact fellow Scarborough natives The Barenaked Ladies worked hard and managed to obtain success in Canada, the U.S. and around the world.

Despite the challenges they face, they bear no resentment to the modern wave of pop stars like Britney Spears or the Backstreet Boys, who have had comparatively easier claim to fame.

"I would just call them entertainers... I guess they're just lucky," Ron said.

Don attributed it to being at the right place at the right time.

"I think they spend their time working on other things like dancing, the way they move, the way they look so they're probably working just as hard on their craft as we are. We just spend a lot more time on the music."

The brothers will go on tour soon. They plan on performing shows at local bars. The CD is available on their web site at

www.thetwinbrothers.com

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