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Music for money: Rebekah Brennan, Caitlin Shimmin and Kimberley Kirkcaldie livened up Stafford Street by busking to raise money for a trip to the Parachute Festival in Hamilton in January. They have raised more than $100 so far. - Timaru Herald - October 18, 2011


Opihi College's entry in the Smokefree Rockquest, Syntax and Semantics have morphed into a new form, with their sights on a North Island festival and next year's Smokefree Rockquest.

The overall winner of the 2011 Smokefree Rockquest was chosen at the weekend. Judges said the members of winning Nelson band, The Peasants, had a presence beyond their years.

The lineup in Opihi College's entry in the South Canterbury leg of the competition has changed. Blake Burgess and Harley Cawkill have moved on to other things, while Rebekah Brennan, Caitlin Shimmin and Kim Kirkcaldie have dropped the electric sound and set up an all-girl acoustic band called Sunset Movement.

Vocalists Caitlin Shimmin and Kim Kirkcaldie are accompanied by guitarist Rebekah Brennan, with all three breaking out the ukuleles as the occasion demands.

Between them the members bring South African, Tongan, Filipino, British and New Zealand heritage to form a culturally diverse group.

They have also benefited from their involvement in the Smokefree Rockquest. With two months to practice for the event, and the drummer dropping out a week beforehand, Syntax and Semantics had done well to compete at the event.

Rebekah stepped in to play the drums with her only previous experience on that instrument being on the Playstation game Rock Band.

Despite the rush, Rebekah said the band did okay.

With a year to practice for the next one, Sunset Movement is looking forward to spending more time on their originals and not having to rush to make it to the competition.

They have access to the college's recording and video studios to experiment with their music.

The new band line-up have put in an application to perform at the Parachute Festival in Hamilton in January.

So far they have been working on an eclectic collection of covers such as Leonard Cohen's; Hallelujah, Paramore's; Misery Business and Beyonce's; Halo.

"We are focused on Parachute at the moment but we'll see what happens from there", Rebekah said. - South Canterbury Herald - September 21, 2011


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"I think music in itself is healing. It's an explosive expression of humanity. It's something we are all touched by. No matter what culture we're from, everyone loves music." - Billy Joel.

When it comes to this band, no other quote could ring more true. The members bring together South African, Tongan, Filipino, British and New Zealand heritage to form the culturally diverse group that is, Sunset Movement. "Our different cultural backgrounds make us who we are, and as a band it's something we really treasure. Music is a universal language and we love that one day we'll be able to share our music with the world, one person at a time."

Sunset Movement is a three-piece acoustic/pop group hailing from Temuka, New Zealand. The group was formed after the split of the members previous band "Syntax & Semantics" who performed in the Smokefree Rockquest regional final in Timaru this year. Just three small town girls trying to find their way in the world, united by their love of performing and all things music. The trio is comprised of two vocalists; Caitlin Shimmin, Kim Kirkcaldie and guitarist; Rebekah Brennan. All three members also dig out their ukuleles on special occasions ;)

The band members currently attend Opihi College where they have the opportunity to use the school's recording and video studios to experiment with their music. "It's awesome having a fully quipped studio right there, we're so fortunate to have access to it. Our teacher, Mr Ellena, is so helpful when it comes to the recording process."

At only 14, 14 and 16 years old, the band members have already had experience playing in front of a wide range of audiences. Performing together, and separately, in numerous school productions, soirees, talent shows and at Church, Sunset Movement have realized their mutual dream of sharing with everybody the musical gift God has blessed each member with. "Faith and music go hand in hand perfectly. Sharing your faith through music is a beautiful thing."

The band exerts an energy that ranges from meaningful and soulful Christian messages to upbeat and fun, feel-good sing-alongs. "We're still trying to find ourselves as musicians. Right now we don't have one particular sound... We're still experimenting. I mean, we're still in high school and we have so much time ahead of us. At the moment we're just having some fun."

Caitlin and Kim have beautiful, harmonious vocals and they are currently training with a vocal coach once a week. Rebekah has been teaching herself how to play the guitar for a year. The trio never fail to impress and have already made a name for themselves in their small hometown, Temuka. "People come up to us after performances to tell us how much potential we have, it's so great. We really want to share our passion with everyone, we've never been this excited about something before."

Band members draw inspiration from artists such as Paramore, New Empire, There For Tomorrow, Avalanche City, Rascal Flatts, Adele, Luke Thompson and Jeremy Fowler.

With ambitions bigger than their small town, Sunset Movement are definitely a band to look out for. There is so much talent and potential dwelling within these girls, or as good friend Daniella put it; "Loads of talent all smooshed into one band". Three talented teenagers who are in it for all the right reasons. "No amount of fame or money could ever make us happier than we are up on that stage. I believe we were given these gifts for a reason. I feel we were born to do this."

FORMER MEMBERS:
Artemis Irvine - Guitar
Cassie Kirkcaldie - Vocals, Guitar, Ukulele