BYU-Idaho students came to the Hart Auditorium March 22 to hear the talent showcased in this semester’s I-Cover.
There were requirements for each act that auditioned for I-Cover. Each act had to have three gro members or more and no original music. Even with these criteria, there was a wide variety of music throughout the 16 acts.
Students were encouraged to vote for their favorite acts by loading a photo from the concert to Instagram with the hashtag #byuitalent and the name of their favorite act.
“I figure people are going to be taking pictures anyway, so might as well have them post it,” said Kaitlyn Hammarstrom, a sophomore studying art who worked on the I-Cover committee.
Each band put their own twist on the song of their choice, some of which varied in style and genre from the original. The band Captain Geech and the Shrimp Shack Shooters put a punk twist on pop band One Direction’s hit “Story of My Life,” while A Blonde, Brunette and a Redhead covered The Lumineers’ “Ho Hey” with a ukulele and guitar.
Tanner Pursley, a junior studying biology education, covered Bastille’s song “Pompeii” with his band, #wearethewolfpack.
“We love the song. We saw this video of Bastille doing this snappy, clappy thing and it was really fun, so we did it. It’s different from our usual sound,” Pursley said.
Auditions were held on March 4 and 5, and 16 total acts were chosen.
“It was so cool,” Hammarstrom said. “I love music and working with them and helping them and setting everything.”
Highlights of the show included a performance by Dat One. Listed as performing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” by Taylor Swift, the band surprised the audience by performing a skit inspired by the piece. The male lead singer proposed to the female singer, and she replied by singing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together.”
The Hoax closed the show and was on trend with a mash of “Let It Go” from the Disney movie “Frozen,” and Passenger’s hit “Let Her Go.”
Pursley said he is hopeful that #wearethewolfpack will stick together.
“Me and one of the guys in the band worked at Especially for Youth together, and we did this little skit, and it evolved into a band,” Pursley said.
Hammarstrom said working with the bands and becoming friends with the performers were highlights of working with the I-Cover committee.
“I was really impressed with how everything turned out and how the bands sounded. It all turned out even better than I could have imagined,” Hammarstrom said.