Band dream of rock'n'roll glory
The five-member band Fire Without Permit have just one mission on their mind, to get to the Smokefreerockquest finals.
Chosen as the people's choice winners at the Nelson regional finals, they are now competing by public vote to win the national people's choice award. That would mean they would open the national finals at the Smokefreerockquest finals in Hamilton on September 22.
The band members are Waimea College students Jacob King, Jordan Harvey and Hana Tava, and twins Bowyne and Rigel Blanchet from Nelson College. The boys are all 14, while Hana is 13.
The boys met through Richmond music teacher Blair Mante, became a band when they were 12 years old, practising in the Blanchets' garage in Atawhai.
Mum Jackie Blanchet, who now manages the band, knew they'd outgrown the garage when they had to string a microphone from the rafters because the boys had grown. Now they practise every Saturday afternoon in a farm garage, and have been joined by lead singer Hana.
For the contest they perform a ballad Hana wrote, You Can't Fool Me, and a pop rock number the band wrote called Love and Inspiration.
"They seriously want to go to Hamilton, it would top off their music year. Ever since they started two and a half years ago it has been with one thing in mind, to go to rockquest," said Mrs Blanchet. "They just need everybody in the world to vote for them."
The public can vote for them in the Skinny Mobile National People's Choice Award by texting 'firewithoutpermit' to 5678 by September 14 and the winner will be announced on September 17.
Nelson College band New Vinyl has been selected for the top eight to perform in the finals at Hamilton.
The Nelson Mail