Behind the open blazer of Simon Edwards, Of Gentlemen and Cowards’ front man, a few of the white letters on his maroon t-shirt were visible.
Worn during the band’s appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman on Monday night, Edwards’ McMaster University apparel was evidently his way of paying tribute to the McMaster and Hamilton communities.
“That was insane – what a day,” the band wrote on their Facebook page following the afternoon taping of the show. “A massive thanks goes out to everyone who helped us get to this day.”
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The band played their song, “Save Me,” well, and the show went smoothly.
There was only a minor hitch at the end, when Letterman got tied up on the band’s name.
“Of Cowards and Gentlemen, ladies and gentlemen,” he said to the crowd at the end of the performance. “Of Gentlemen and Cowards. Well which is it?
“Which is it?” he asked again as the applause died down. “Is that right boys?”
The current McMaster students got the opportunity to take their act to the New York talk show by winning a contest hosted by Red Bull Soundstage and by Rob Burnett, producer of the Late Show. The prize was to get a song into We Made This Movie, a film written and directed by Burnett.
The band will remain in New York for the rest of the week to promote themselves. They’ll then play after the premier of We Made This Movie on Thursday night.