Young musicians to battle it out at Smokefree Rockquest
They're inspired by the likes of All Time Low and Pierce the Veil and they're anxious not to be labelled.
Stained Glass Hearts is one of 13 musical acts preparing for the South Canterbury Smokefree Rockquest on Friday night.
They will all have seven minutes on stage to wow the judges and to book their place in the national competition.
The five piece band from Opihi College will perform Hurricane and Do You Want Me Dead, songs whose lyrics were penned by vocalist and guitarist Jess Marshall.
"We don't like to be labelled but it's almost pop-punkish," Marshall said of her band's sound.
Marshall was inspired by the "alt music scene" in the United States, including bands All Time Low and Pierce The Veil.
Her songwriting was as easy as it was hard: one song took her 40 minutes to write "from start to finish" while the other took about two weeks.
Opihi College has three representatives in the Rockquest, with Stained Glass Hearts joined by five piece band Untamed and solo act Megan Calder.
The other competitors are: Fusion In The Sun (Timaru Boys' High School); Elaine Henneveld (Waitaki Girls' High School); Pseudo Sane (Geraldine High School); Warheights and Miriama and Sonia (Ashburton College): The New Meridian (Mount Hutt College); Little Victories (St Andrew's School); Caitlin Bradley (Roncalli College), and Jac Paterson and Henry Loop (home schooled).
The top two bands and top two solo acts will have a shot at the national competition.
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