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Watch: Letterman goes apeshit over The Orwells — again

on June 11, 2014, 1:08am

The last time The Orwells were on the Late Show, David Letterman had a conniption. While some folks speculated the response was sarcastic given frontman Mario Cuomo’s somewhat psychotic performance, we have it on good authority (i.e., a fan of the site in the audience) that Dave thought they were “magical.” Last night, the Illinois punks returned to blow his mind again.

Supporting their new record, Disgracelandthe boys performed album track “Righteous One”. Just like last time, Dave and Paul Shaffer called for one more song, and this time the band was ready to oblige. They reprised their January performance of “Who Needs You”, handing the mic to Shaffer so he could improvise lines like “You better comb your hair!” and “You better change the channel!” Watch the replay below.

The Orwells are on their way to Tennessee for Bonnaroo as part of their world tour. They’ll head to Japan’s Summer Sonic Festival and then the Reading and Leeds Festival next, and return to North America for a fresh round of dates in September. See the full itinerary here.


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June 12, 2014 at 10:16 pm

Absolutely loved the performance (and I’m 52 years old) – I actually got chills AT 1:50 + (!) and screamed to my friend “GET YOUR ASS OUT HERE AND CHECK OUT THIS BAND!!” … can’t say I remember the last time I said THAT. Yep: if this band keeps pulling out tunes/performance like this one, well, I, think it’s safe to say they’ll go far.

June 11, 2014 at 12:14 pm

How was this performance “psychotic”? Dude gets into the emotion and vibe of his song and that somehow makes it a psychotic performance? Would you prefer some numbed down lip-syncing?

June 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

The writer was referring to their previous performance (which was clearly stated)


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