New Irish boyband visits Cape Town

MusicBy Eddie Rowley
New Irish boyband visits Cape Town

A JET-SETTING trip to South Africa has given Louis Walsh’s new boyband HomeTown a taste of life in the fast lane of pop.

They got their year off to a flying start in Cape Town where they shot two videos, Where I Belong and Cry For Help, as they bid to become Ireland’s next supergroup.

Their visit came in the same week forest fires just outside the city destroyed more than 6,000 hectares and lead to thousands of homes being evacuated.

Our exclusive pictures show the sextet – Dayl Cronin, Ryan McLoughlin, Cian Morrin, Brendan Murray, Josh Gray and Dean Gibbons – enjoying the sights of South Africa in the last week.

The heart-throbs, now gearing up to launch their career in the U.K., were whisked to exotic locations around Cape Town.

“It was incredible to take a trip up Table Mountain on an 85-year-old cableway and we were blown away by stunning views of the magnificent city,” Castlebar-born Cian Morrin (20) tells the Sunday World.

Dubliner Dean Gibbons (22), says he’ll never forget his experience in the Table Mountain National Park.

“I felt like I was in a wildlife movie, it was spine-tingling getting so close to cheetahs and lions,” he says.

HomeTown recorded their two new videos with American director Frank Borin, the genius behind 5 Seconds Of Summer’s hit video, She Looks So Perfect, which has had over 100 million views.

“Frank is a really creative, fun guy who brought out the best in us,” Dean says. 

HomeTown have spent the last nine months recording and perfecting their stage craft and they accepted a starring role in the Christmas panto Aladdin at Dublin’s Olympia Theatre to gel as performers.

“It was like doing our apprenticeship for live performing,” Cian says of the panto. “It helped us to become a really tight, professional group.”

HomeTown will release their next Irish single, Cry For Help, on March 27, followed by a string of public appearances around the country.

Then the pop pin-ups will move over to the U.K., where they are a priority act for Sony Music. 

“I haven’t been this excited about an act since I first put Westlife on the road,” Louis Walsh yesterday told the Sunday World.

“They are six young, talented guys and I think they will have the same sort of career as Westlife and can be the next Take That.”

Although they were formed through auditions and didn’t know each other, Dean Gibbons says HomeTown have become close pals.

“After we did the panto, Louis told us to take a week off. Instead of going our separate ways, the six of us booked a holiday together to Tenerife. 

“We now have a great bond and there’s so much fun being had that it doesn’t seem like work.”

l Cry For Help, will be released on Friday, March 27.