An Abbotsford band isn’t leaving its future to fate.
The teenage members are working their way to the top with persistence and determination.
With only a year under its belt, A New Divide has already landed a gig at the Vogue Theatre in Vancouver.
This Saturday, the group will be opening for These Kids Wear Crowns, a Chilliwack group that gained national attention from Much Music’s reality TV show, DisBand.
Headlining the performance is Juno-nominated singer Fefe Dobson.
The young Abbotsford band consists of four Grade 12 MEI students: Braedon Thiessen (guitar), Ryan Krahn (bass), Tyler Born (lead vocals and guitar) and Matt Appenheimer (drums).
Their goal since the start has been to go far.
To be more specific, “the furthest we can,” said Appenheimer.
Along with wanting to make an impact on the ever-changing music industry, they hope to be signed to a record label and go on tour.
The group has already performed at the Abbotsford Entertainment and Sports Centre for a benefit concert.
And this year, they beat out over 100,000 contenders to become one of the top 40 finalists for DisBand, but were cut before the finals.
While they made some great contacts during the audition process, the group still spends hours emailing people that have the ability to jump-start their career.
Appenheimer boasts that they’re great networkers and don’t take no for an answer.
“We have goals … and we won’t stop until it happens.”
The group is currently taking vocal lessons from local singer Darcy Deutsch, formerly of Prism.
They already have an EP, which they recorded at The Sound Suite in Abbotsford.
A New Divide is also planning to record a new single next month with the hopes of recording a full-length album later this year.
The concert at Vogue Theatre, 918 Granville St., starts at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 16.
A New Divide takes the stage at 7:30 p.m. for a 30 minute acoustic set.
Tickets are $25 and are available at ticketmaster.com and https://tickets.voguetheatre.com