If you were to dig out footage of us at 12 years old, chances are it'd involve a lot of shellsuit action, crimped hair and some form of inflatable plastic backpack. Basically it was all a bit disastrous and we'd like to pretend that whole 'era' never happened, thank you very much. The same can't be said for Lorde, though, 'cause it turns out she's always been a little bloody rockstar.

Yup - a vintage vid of everyone's fave barrel-of-laughs popstar competing in a school battle of the bands contest's been chucked on the interweb...and it turns out she's a natural.

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Lorde performing in school battle of the bands at 12 years old - Lorde images - sugarscape.com

Pre-Selena Gomez spat and Swifty schmoozing, Lorde (probs just known as Ella Yelich-O’Connor back then) performed with her school band Extreme in the covers category of the Intermediate Schools Battle of the Bands Finals 2009, and while it might not be the Grammys they still managed a rather respectable third place.

Check out some old school Lords below. Awoo.

Amazing. Maybe not the dress, but the rest of it...

What d'ya reckon? Comments please.

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