12X was introduced at THON 2014 as the “ultimate party rock/dance cover band,” and their performance early Saturday morning certainly justified such a description.
The Nesconset, New York band started off their party in the BJC with covers of a few well-known throwback songs that included House of Pain’s “Jump Around,” Naughty by Nature’s “O.P.P.” (oh, the irony), and Blues Traveler’s “Run-Around.”
With each passing song, the audience engaged more and more with the band, and by the time they played Smashmouth’s “All Star,” everyone was again singing and dancing in typical THON weekend fashion.
The setlist only improved from there, moving next to one of their best covers of the night–Bastille’s “Pompeii,” which was then followed with energizing renditions of Third Eye Blind’s “Semi-Charmed Life,” Jimmy Eat World’s “The Middle,” Neil Diamond’s “Sweet Caroline,” Montell Jordan’s “This Is How We Do It,” Bell Biv Davoe’s “That Girl Is Posion,” Pitbull’s “Hotel Room,” and Lit’s “My Own Worst Enemy.”
By far their best individual song of the night was Blink 182’s “All The Small Things,” at which point everyone in the building went crazy with unparalleled excitement as compared to the rest of the performance.
They finished their set with a medley of short song snippets that included the Notorious B.I.G.’s “Hypnotize,” Eminem’s “Guess Who’s Back,” Justin Timberlake’s “Rock Your Body,” and officially–and appropriately–ended with ‘N SYNC’s “Bye Bye Bye.”
Perhaps the coolest part of 12X’s performance was how appreciative they were of the BJC crowd, at one point saying, “Penn State, thank you so much for having us! This is For The Kids right?!,” to which the crowd responded with collective cheers.
Here’s to hoping the energy continues with the rest of the musical performances at THON 2014!