Of Gentlemen and Cowards warm up for Letterman with free show for Social Sciences students
The popular McMaster University band Of Gentlemen and Cowards will be playing a free show for McMaster Social Sciences students just days before performing on the Late Show with David Letterman.
Of Gentlemen and Cowards won the opportunity to perform on the popular late-night talk show following a fierce online voting competition hosted by the Red Bull Soundstage emerging music website.
“It didn't seem real when they called and told us we had won because we had poured so much into this,” says Simon Edwards, the McMaster Engineering student who plays rhythm guitar and sings for the band.
Edwards is joined by McMaster Social Sciences students Jake Warren and Christian Fedele, who play drums and lead guitar, and Josh Dawson, who plays bass and studies music at McMaster. The four used traditional and new media to gain attention for their cause and relied heavily on support from fellow McMaster students during the contest period.
“We're not just going to go out and play the song. We have to make the city of Hamilton and McMaster proud of us,” says Edwards.
One of the few times the band will take a break from preparing for the show will be when they play a special free concert at McMaster University on September 5th to celebrate a partnership between the Faculty of Social Sciences and Mohawk College. The unique agreement allows Social Sciences students to complete a Mohawk College certificate while earning a Social Sciences degree.
The band will then perform on Letterman on Monday, Sept. 17th.
“David Letterman will write us a note to get out of class,” jokes Edwards, noting all band members will be returning to their studies in the fall.
For more information on the free Of Gentlemen and Cowards performance at McMaster University on September 5, please visit: http://www.socialsciences.mcmaster.ca/news-and-events/celebrate-mcmasters-and-mohawks-diploma-certification-partnership-with-of-gentlemen-and-cowards