And you thought your high school garage band was cool

By Kelli Bender
Updated February 05, 2014 12:00 PM
Credit: Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Grammy winner Lorde evidently didn’t have an awkward phase. While other 12-year-olds were picking pizza out of their braces, young Lorde was bringing crowds to their feet.

In middle school, the singer (born Ella Yelich-O’Connor) was already performing with Extreme, her Belmont Intermediate School band. This video shows the group, fronted by the New Zealand native, competing in their school’s 2009 Battle of the Bands.

Lorde doesn’t look too different from the 17-year-old who exploded onto the music charts in 2013. She even kept the same dance moves. Extreme made it to the finals with covers of classic rock songs, but ended up only placing third overall. Time for a rematch?

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