Early recordings of Lorde 's former band have surfaced online.
Lorde fan site
tweeted a link
of the teen's band
And They Were Masked
. The Auckland, New Zealand-based band -- the recording project of two friends,
-- released the material in 2012.
Two songs on the band's album, Characters , feature a pre-stage-name Ella Yelich O’Connor taking lead vocals on the track, "Piece of Mind."
The group cites The Mars Volta , Fugazi and art-rock outfit Battles as influences on its Facebook page.
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