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Hello, my name is Maria, I am 22, was born in Moscow, Russia, and I am a creator and administrator of the site Aly & AJ Russia. I have been a fan of the Michalkas since June 2009 when I heard their song "Chemicals React", but actually, I heard this song in Simlish in 2006 when I was a fan of The Sims 2 and played the addition The Sims 2 Pets, but I did not know that was Aly & AJ. But everything got clear in 2009, and I got a great interest for Alyson and Amanda and even founded the community Aly & AJ Russia in October 2011 and have been making it grow more...
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We got a few photos from the new photoshoot of Aly & AJ for Milk. The ladies look very beautiful. We have added 6 LQ photos to the gallery, and you can also check out the interview of Alyson and Amanda for Milk by clicking here. When we get HQ photos, the current shoots will be replaced.


[x004] Photoshoots > #118 – Aly & AJ for Milk

Though it’s been 10 years since they dropped classic tracks like “Potential Breakup Song” and “Rush”, we certainly haven’t forgotten about Aly & AJ. The singer/songwriters are back on the road with fresh hits we can’t resist. While their reemergence has certainly hit that nostalgic sweet spot, the synth-loving sisters have found that fans are equally as excited to hear their latest bangers.

Milk caught up with the pop duo to chat about how they’re using their time on the road to activate voters, spread inclusivity, and show fans a good time. Check out the full interview below.

Does touring feel different this time around? Since it’s been so long?

Aly: We’re not with our mom, so that’s a huge change! We don’t have a security guard with us. I think we might need it eventually, but it hasn’t been out of hand so far. The venues have been really great helping us get to and from.

AJ: The audience is much different, they’ve definitely grown up!

Aly: I now look in the audience specifically for kids, and there’s like zero. There was one show where I saw two girls under the age of 13, and it was because their sisters used to like our music so they started listening.

AJ: Also, when we were younger we didn’t have the separation between our old and new music – it was all new. Now, we’re playing really old songs and new songs and we get to see the reaction between the two. The blend of excitement has been seamless. It’s really neat to see people just as excited about the old stuff as they are the new EP.

I think that’s a great way to use your platform. Speaking of good causes, “Good Love” was released last month to coincide with Pride. As songwriters, I’m wondering if when you’re writing, you deliberately use inclusive language. Is that something that comes naturally or is intentional? Looking at your lyrics as a whole, they generally are not gendered, it’s more about the human experience.

AJ: Honestly, it’s just our way of thinking. I think that’s why we have so many fans, because you can sense that genuine material. When we were writing, “Rush” we just felt like it was something we needed to say, and it resonated with a lot of people. It’s very much how we write, which is very cool.

Aly: We didn’t think those songs would become gay anthems.

Aly: I think it’s a symptom of a broader generational shift. We’re part of a generation where we naturally think to include, and be kind. Past generations, that was not really the vibe. It was really static.

What else do you guys have in the works at the moment?

AJ: We’re stoked about our new single, “Good Love”. It’s been really well received so far.

Aly: Our new ecomm store has come to life too. In the past, when we were 15 and 17, we had a huge merchandising company that did everything for us. We’d look over the designs once, not really taking the time to give notes and pay attention to the details. We look back on a lot of our old tour t-shirts and are mortified. Now we are much more in control creatively.

AJ: I guess in the moment it was cool! We still see kids come to our show, as adults now, wearing the old stuff. It’s really cute, I don’t regret any of it. But having this direct and hands-on approach is everything to us.

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