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Local duo pens love song from the heart, releases first single

Valentine's Day is here, and there's no better way to say "I love you" than with a song.

Two brothers from Milan are doing just that, and making their voices heard for all to now hear.

Twins Seth and Stephen Riker have been playing and singing songs for years.

They thank their dad for jump-starting their love of music at a very young age.

While the pair has been performing in cover bands since before they hit their teens. And now, they are releasing one of their own songs.

On this Valentine's Day, their song "Sweet" is hitting the airwaves.

They say the song shows off their personality and even acknowledges a very special person to one of the twins.

"It's just kind of a fun, poppy song that drops some cute, sweet references," said Seth.
"It's super cheesy, but it's really sweet. Appropriately, it's about my wife, Joy," added Stephen.

Although they have been making music for years, they never had the means to release their own music until now.

Seth and Stephen say releasing this single has been a long time coming.

"Our family and close friends, for so long, have been telling us 'you've gotta let people hear some of the stuff you've been writing.'"

The two, which have named their pop-rock band '12:34' say the release of the song "Sweet" is just the beginning for them.

Fans should be on the lookout for more songs released by the duo throughout the course of this year.

As for any advice Stephen and Seth can offer to others about life in the music business:

"If music is something that you love, just keep doing it. You will get better and better and nothing else will beat it. For us, if we aren't playing shows in front of a bunch of people, if we aren't making money at it, we are still going to be playing at the house or jamming just because we love it that much. We would be doing it anyway."

The brothers add that they hope the song "Sweet" and the others they plan to release have the power to brighten everyone's day.

Their song will be available for downloaded from sources like iTunes and Spotify.

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