Napier band Midnight Revelation are in the running to open this year's Smokefreerockquest national final in Hamilton, but they need local fans to get texting.
The group won a people's choice award, decided by text vote after the Hawke's Bay regional final in May. Now they lead the national voting against 21 other regional winners.
Polls close today, and the winner of the Skinny People's Choice award will be announced on September 17.
As part of their prize package they will receive flights to Hamilton and an opening spot at the Smokefreerockquest final.
The five-piece band comprises Napier Girls' High School students Elise Trow and Kelsey Lee on rhythm guitar, Teia Drysdale on bass guitar, Danielle Rolls on drums and Deone Goldsmith on keyboard.
The girls didn't know one another six months ago but soon bonded over a shared love of music.
"They asked if anyone was interested in joining a rock band and working with Jason Alexander from Naked Gun," Danielle said.
"We all put our hands up and got put together. It's worked out quite well because we're all really good friends now."
The group performed before a live audience at the regional Smokefreerockquest final and an Amnesty International Freedom Fest event in July.
"It was really cool. It's fun, and that's what we aim for."
They quintet choose to play original material as much as possible.
"We sit down and write during band practice. We all do it together - we help each other out."
While love songs are "typically the easiest to write", the band only had a couple of them. "We also have a few inspirational songs about giving everything a try."
Founders Theatre in Hamilton provides a backdrop for the biggest youth music event of the year on September 22, when eight High School bands take the stage.
Seven hundred acts from across New Zealand battled it out in 25 regional finals from May through to August, with finalists announced last month.
Judges Petrina George from APRA, Jeff Newton from New Zealand on Air and Jaden Parkes from Sony Music said this year's bands set the bar high.
With dedication, all finalists had the chance to succeed.
"It depends on how much they want it and how much work they are prepared to put in," Mr Parkes said. "They were all chosen because we thought they had potential to move on and do more with their music."
People can vote by texting "Midnight Revelation" to 5678. For more information see: facebook.com/thesrfq