Teen band’s tight sound


These Queenstown teens may be young but their musical talent as local band Mystery Diagnosis will give senior peers a run for their money tomorrow night.

Band members (clockwise from top left) Catrona Anderson, 15, Kasey Visser, 14, Simon Petre, 14, Chloe Cantwell, 15, Leilani Freeman, 14 and Kyle Loggenberg, 14 – are the youngest group to enter the inaugural Big Break 09 concert, held at the Memorial Hall.

The Wakatipu High teens have been together for only three months and have already written two original songs to go with their four-song set at the gig.

Big Break 09, organised by the parent-led Rock Formation Trust, is an opportunity for Wakatipu High bands to perform on stage ahead of the national Smokefree Rockquest competition.

Opshop frontman Jason Kerrison will offers tips to the kids on the day.

Mystery Diagnosis are blown away with how they’re sounding: “We started out just wanting to be a band for fun – we never really wanted to enter competitions,” guitarist Kyle says.

Queenstown’s Jeremy Wilson, from the New Zealand Modern School of Music, has been helping the kids fine-tune their sound over the past few weeks and likes what he hears.