New band hitting the write notes
A new South Canterbury rock band has been born out of this week's School of Rock music camp at Geraldine.
Four of the group - BJ Lorimer, 12, Jamie Abraham, 14, Harry Finlayson, 16, and Jesse Drake, 14 - started jamming together on their "go-to instruments" on day one, and soon realised they were musically compatible.
Within hours they had formed a band, given it a name - Absolute Zero - and had written their first song. By day two they had written a second.
"We're just working on a third now," Jesse said when Attitude visited on the second day.
The group describe their music as "hard rock slightly into metal".
Jesse said he had read about the music week in his school newsletter and signed up, while Jamie said his registration had been a Christmas present.
The programme was run under the tutelage of Kiwi music legends Chris Matthews, of Headless Chickens fame, and Brett Lupton from former Christchurch-based SQUIRM.
The boys admitted they did not know who the men were but they were "really good" to learn from. They are all individually planning to enter the Smokefree Rockquest this year.
During the week, the 13 students learnt about song writing, stage presence and vocal performance.
Lupton and Matthews were impressed with the talent that came out of the week.
"Seriously, there is."
They had the potential to go all the way, he said.
The students will put the week's work together tonight and perform their originals at The Big Gig being held at the Geraldine Cinema at 7.30. Tickets are $10 on the door.
- The Timaru Herald