NORTH SALEM, N.Y. -- A band made up mainly of North Salem teens is hoping to win big in Ridgefield.
Plethora of Nothing is one of the four finalists competing in Ridgefield BandJam at the Ridgefield Playhouse on Sunday, April 27 at 4 p.m. More than 50 bands apply each year.
The band features Justin Giacchetto, a 14-year-old eighth-grader at North Salem Middle School on guitar; Kevin Giacchetto, a 15-year-old 10th-grader at North Salem High School on bass; Jack Sullivan, a 15-year-old 10th-grader at North Salem High School on vocals; and Tess Condron, a 15-year-old 10th-grader at Byram Hills Middle School.
The band first started playing together after meeting at the School of Rock Westchester in Bedford.
Giacchetto knew Condron and Sullivan were interested in being a band and asked them to join via Facebook message. The band say they enjoy rehearsing and often hang out outside of rehearsals.
The groups have various influences, with Justin being influenced by Liquid Tension Experiment, Kevin being influenced by Flea from the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Condron being influenced by John Bonham from Led Zeppelin.
"I like all kinds of '90s alternative and grunge rock," Sullivan said.
The band currently performs covers of their favorite songs, but have started to write original songs as well.
"They came up with the band name because they all really got a kick out of the word 'Plethora,' and found they were jokingly using it amongst themselves constantly," Allison Giacchetto, Kevin and Justin's mom said. "They thought “Plethora of Nothing” had a certain ring to it, and was kinda funny, too."
The band entered BandJam on a whim and thinks they made it in due to their energy and enthusiasm.
"We have a really good relationship as a band and we practice a lot," Condron said.
"We have an undeniable connection as a band and we mesh really well," Sullivan added.
To prepare for BandJam, the band has performed outside Ridgefield Town Hall and had a one hour coach session at the Music Shed in Redding. They also recently performed in February at the Yorktown Teen Center.