Loose Enz off to Rockquest regionals

South Otago High School band Loose Enz, from left, Kaitlin Curtin, Taine Michie and Bradley Katon perform at the school assembly after making it to the regional finals of the Smokefree Rockquest.
South Otago High School band Loose Enz, from left, Kaitlin Curtin, Taine Michie and Bradley Katon perform at the school assembly after making it to the regional finals of the Smokefree Rockquest.

They've been together for all of five minutes but they're already rocking on.

South Otago High School Band Loose Enz will compete in the Smokefree Rockquest regional finals in Dunedin on Saturday.

The band is made up of lead singer Kaitlin Curtin, bass player Bradley Katon, drummer Brooke Barnett, lead guitarist Ashton Tourell and guitarists Taine Michie and Jess Kendall.

They got through with their pop-rock song Win This written by Kaitlin, about winning Rockquest.

All songs in the competition must be original compositions.

Ashton said being on stage felt ''awesome''.

''Once we got on stage it was pretty cool.

''Every one was looking at you, it was nervous, but once we got on stage it was pretty cool.''

Finding out they had got through to the finals was a shock.

''We were all 'oh my god, did they just say our name','' Brooke said.

Teacher-in-charge of music Lee Parcell made all her year 10 and 11 pupils enter the heats of the rockquest.

''It was to help them to build up the knowledge they can do with music.

''It was more that you give it a crack and you can achieve more than you probably realise.''

The experience would give the pupils ownership and pride in their musical ability, she said.

''They could go hard and have the experience of being on stage.

''It is something they can take away with that's unique to the music department and South Otago High School.''

Clutha Leader