With the Lake Forest High School talent show in full swing this week, the band 26 hours is eager to make their debut talent show appearance and will close the show with the song “Closing Time” by Semisonic. This is what the lead singer of the band, Isabelle Andress, had to say about the act. Be sure to listen to a sample from the band on their embedded SoundCloud profile attached below.
How did you form your band?
“My initial band (myself, Ali Jackson, Jack LaVanway, Charlie Day, Adam Katz, and Jordan Guerro) met through a songwriting program and decided to create our own band so that we could play at CROYA music events such as SuperJam and Battle of the Bands. We then realized that we loved to play together and meshed really well and continued to play a couple of events around the area! My band for the Talent Show includes Griffin Larson on guitar (junior), Luke Gerskovich on drums (junior) , Sam Randall on piano and background vocals (junior), Jack LaVanway on Bass (sophomore), and myself singing (Isabelle Andress), and occasionally we have the pleasure of being joined by Victor Kolcan on cowbell (senior).”
What’s the story behind the name?
“So we were initially called Nothing But The Robes, but then our first performance together we found out we had to perform 26 hours before the show. That’s how the name came to us! We ended up loving it so that’s how we became 26 Hours.”
What is your favorite thing about the group? Any jokes or good times?
“We have a really good time together–lots of laughs! One constant joke is our drummer never being able to show up since he always has model UN. He also “went off the grid” this summer and we still haven’t let him live that down!”
What are your future hopes for the band?
“So Ali, Charlie, Adam, and myself are going to college next year, but I hope the band can continue to play during breaks and over the summer. Not only do we play together, but we also write together and some of my favorite originals I’ve written with this band (check out our sound cloud @26hours). Also we have a really great vibe and that is pretty hard to find, so I hope that we can continue making music together!”
What do you think sets your band apart from the rest of the talent show acts?
“Everyone in the show is super talented and I’ve been blown away with everyone’s acts, but I think something that sets us apart is how much fun we have on stage. It’s my senior year and I’m a lot less worried about if people will like the act or like me, so the act is all about having a good time, I wholeheartedly love each person I’m performing with and am just having a blast being on stage with these guys!
Make sure to check out the talent show on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:00 p.m.!