A chance meeting at a karaoke night has resulted in a musical success story for new Queenstown band Rock Felony.
Local singer Rebeca Barnes, who runs a karaoke business in town, was singing her jukebox tunes at a bar in early 2012 when Queenstown drummer Jason “Stumpy” Chisolm approached her about joining his mates bassist Warren “Wal” Dix and lead guitarist Brandon “Bardie” Jull.
“The boys had been together in the music scene for ages. Stumpy said they needed a female vocalist and asked if I wanted to get together as a band,” Barnes explains.
“We got a few songs together, had a bit of jam, realised it all clicked really well and started gigging at Winter Festival. Gigs have been coming thick and fast since, it’s been awesome.”
Dix, originally from Canterbury, has played in several Christchurch and Queenstown bands, and has supported UB40, The Feelers, Head Like a Hole, The Greg Johnson Set and Jimmy Barnes. He also plays with local band Pass the Sauce.
Dix met Chisolm after moving to Queenstown and the pair joined local band Zero, which recorded an album a few years ago.
Chisolm has also played for Queenstown bands Panic Chicken and Flatstick, and Jull played for Panic Chicken, Plan B and Interland Echo.
Barnes had never sung in a band before – “I didn’t realise what I was missing out on till I joined the guys”.
“We all moved in the same circles – I know all their wives quite well, but we kept scratching our heads over why we didn’t do this earlier.
“Our goal for 2013 is to play on the main stage at Winter Festival and to start working on original songs.”
Barnes, who has performed in local productions like Starry Eyed and Showbiz Queenstown musicals Twist & Shout, Hair and The Rocky Horror Show, says the group’s sound is loud and a good mix of most genres.
“The boys all like their different things – one is into R&B, reggae, funk, while the others are into heavier rock, so it gives us lots of different music coming through.”
Rock Felony plays at the Pig and Whistle Saturday from 9pm.