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Members of the Boy band 'Hometown' in studio to promote Panto 'Aladdin' l-r; Ryan McLoughlin, from Newbridge, Kildare, Brendan Murray, from Tuam, Galway, Dayl Cronin, from Clonmel, Tipperary, Dean Gibbons, from Tallaght, Dublin, Josh Gray, from Blessington, Wicklow,

Members of the Boy band 'Hometown' in studio to promote Panto 'Aladdin' l-r; Ryan McLoughlin, from Newbridge, Kildare, Brendan Murray, from Tuam, Galway, Dayl Cronin, from Clonmel, Tipperary, Dean Gibbons, from Tallaght, Dublin, Josh Gray, from Blessington, Wicklow,

At the launch of APPLEGREEN's sponsorship of Panto 'Aladdin'; Joe Barrett, left, COO of Applegreen, comedian Al Porter, front, who plays 'Nurse Polly', members of the Boy band 'Hometown' and some of the female cast members of Aladdin.  Applegreen Service Station, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

At the launch of APPLEGREEN's sponsorship of Panto 'Aladdin'; Joe Barrett, left, COO of Applegreen, comedian Al Porter, front, who plays 'Nurse Polly', members of the Boy band 'Hometown' and some of the female cast members of Aladdin. Applegreen Service Station, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

Members of the Boy band 'Hometown' in studio to promote Panto 'Aladdin' l-r; Ryan McLoughlin, from Newbridge, Kildare, Brendan Murray, from Tuam, Galway, Dayl Cronin, from Clonmel, Tipperary, Dean Gibbons, from Tallaght, Dublin, Josh Gray, from Blessington, Wicklow,

Meet Hometown - Louis Walsh's new boyband.

Young, stylish and determined to make it, Louis is hoping that the six young guys will experience the same success as his previous boybands, Boyzone and Westlife.

And the boys, Josh Gray (17), Dean Gibbons (20), Dayl Cronin, Ryan McLoughlin (20), Cian Morrin (19), and Brendan Murray (17) are planning on working as hard as they can to become successful.

They are appearing in Aladdin - this year's panto at the Olympia Theatre sponsored by Applegreen - performing at the Childline concert at the end of the month and are set to release their debut single this Friday.

"Yeah, the panto is definitely going to be fun. We're going to be doing some acting as well as singing so we'll be in the fray, adding to the mayhem," says Dean.

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At the launch of APPLEGREEN's sponsorship of Panto 'Aladdin'; Joe Barrett, left, COO of Applegreen, comedian Al Porter, front, who plays 'Nurse Polly', members of the Boy band 'Hometown' and some of the female cast members of Aladdin.  Applegreen Service Station, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

At the launch of APPLEGREEN's sponsorship of Panto 'Aladdin'; Joe Barrett, left, COO of Applegreen, comedian Al Porter, front, who plays 'Nurse Polly', members of the Boy band 'Hometown' and some of the female cast members of Aladdin. Applegreen Service Station, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

At the launch of APPLEGREEN's sponsorship of Panto 'Aladdin'; Joe Barrett, left, COO of Applegreen, comedian Al Porter, front, who plays 'Nurse Polly', members of the Boy band 'Hometown' and some of the female cast members of Aladdin. Applegreen Service Station, Mount Merrion, Dublin. Picture: Caroline Quinn

excited

Their debut single, Where I Belong, was written by music heavyweights Kodaline and the lads are excited to get their first song out there.

"We were lucky to get it because Kodaline said that it didn't suit their new album's sound so, luckily enough, we were able to come in and take it off their hands and we're delighted it's being released this week," Ryan explains.

Louis also revealed yesterday that Ed Sheeran has also penned a song for the boys.

He said that Ed thought "this song would work just perfectly with their voices".

Hometown are set to join a host of acts for this year's Cheerios Childline concert including Olly Murs, Shane Filan and Boyzone at the 3Arena on November 28.

"We can't wait," say the boys in unison.

"And they keep adding acts every day, they recently announced McBusted and I was in love with McFly growing up, I thought they were unreal and we should get to meet them hopefully," reveals Ryan.

Keith Duffy recently said that he'd love to meet the lads and give them some advice so that they can avoid any pitfalls Boyzone may have suffered over the years.

"Oh, we'd definitely love to get some advice from Keith. We've met Shane and Nicky from Westlife before and they gave us some advice.

"They've been there and done it and they know exactly what goes on, so it'd be great to chat to them," Ryan says.

"And we'll definitely have to get a selfie with Keith at Childline," adds Cian.

"There's a lot we'd love to ask the lads from Boyzone and Westlife and I'm sure there are lots of stories they'd maybe want to tell us about things they did or didn't do as well," says Dean.

Boybands have experienced quite the renaissance in recent years with One Direction and The Wanted making it big across the world, but Hometown think their sound sets them apart from other groups.

"As far as boybands go, there's not really many that would have the same kind of sound as we do so we're just planning on going for a more organic kind of harmony-based sound with acoustic guitars," Ryan explains.

"Oh, but success-wise, of course we would aim for One Direction but in terms of music we're different - we're more of a band that play instruments and sing," interjects Dayl.

Eventually the boys would like to pen their own songs like One Direction have done.

"Down the road we'd like to write our own songs but we'll leave it to the professionals at the moment," says Cian.

"I think they've [One Direction] so much more of a say now and you can tell that their music has progressed and it's matured and, in fact, I think their music has improved," says Ryan.

"In terms of song writing, we'd want to gradually go down that road and maybe do more of it as we progress," adds Josh.

fans

They haven't even released their debut single yet but the boys already have a loyal following with fans around the world sending them videos.

"A lot of videos have been put up on YouTube for us. There was one with these girls from England, America and Germany singing along to some of our cover tracks which was insane," reveals Brendan.

"And then there were these American girls who put up a video of them explaining how much they love the band and how much we mean to them.

"That was mad because every artist thinks of America as this place that's tough to break and then we got this video and it was just brilliant to see that," gushes Josh.

Today, artists gain traction with their fans through social media and with almost 70,000 followers on Twitter, it's something the boys have been working hard on.

"It's been really busy lately with the single but even when we're off we're always on social media.

"We're on Twitter and Instagram, we're always posting stuff up, even if it's silly and stupid, it's just us being ourselves and letting the fans get to know us," says Ryan.

And the ladies will be happy to hear the all the boys - bar Ryan - are free and single.

Although Ryan admits it can be tough trying to juggle a career and a relationship.

"She's so happy for me because it's something I've always wanted to do but the lifestyle is tough," admits Ryan.

Aladdin starring Hometown, Linda Martin, Al Porter and Simon Delaney runs at the Olympia Theatre from December 17 until January 4, 2015


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