Teen band to light up Crankfest

(from left) Demi Dhondt, Fraser Bell, Charly Bear, Chloe Crossing, Ella Noble will be playing at Crankfest.
(from left) Demi Dhondt, Fraser Bell, Charly Bear, Chloe Crossing, Ella Noble will be playing at Crankfest. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

THEY are the hottest thing doing the rounds of the early-teen party scene and they will be making a big splash on Saturday on the Essential Energy Livewire stage at Crankfest Xtreme.

They are Faded Nation, a group of four girls and one boy who like to play pop-rock, independent and alternative music.

They first appeared at an invitation-only performance at the Lismore showground where the young stars shone brightly. Now everybody wants them for their 13th birthday.

They play covers and are working on some of their own tracks.

From South Lismore they are Charly Bear, 14, on drums; Chloe Crossing, 13, on trumpet; Demi Dhondt, 13, as lead vocalist; Ella Noble, 13, on bass guitar; and Fraser Bell, 13, who plays rhythm and lead guitar.

"We started late last year and we practice one or two times a week," said Fraser.

"We have all been musicians and we have been friends for quite a while and we just thought we would start a band for something to do.

"Crankfest Xtreme is an opportunity to show everyone what we can play. We have been looking forward to this gig for quite a while and it is going to be great."

Fraser has ambitions of a career in the music industry.

He likes creating songs on his own, but enjoys working as a team too.

"Being in a band you can show people what you can play and you can jam along," he said.

"Playing by yourself you can make music, but when you are playing in a band you can make better music.

"I find there is not much to do here in Lismore and band practice is something to look forward to," he said.

"Also it helps keep our parents and grandparents busy."

Faded Nation will play at 12.15pm on the Essential Energy Livewire stage at youth arts and cultural festival Crankfest Xtreme at Evans Head.

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