The Hamilton boys have made good — Of Gentlemen and Cowards are heading to New York to play the Letterman stage.
"I'm going to be like a 12-year-old girl, just staring up at the lights," Simon Edwards, the band's frontman, told CBC Hamilton late Monday afternoon.
"It hasn't really sunk in yet," he said. "But I don't know if it's possible to be any happier than this."
Edwards and bandmates Josh Dawson, Christian Fedele and Jake Warren will get to fly to New York City in late September to play The Late Show with David Letterman.
Of Gentlemen and Cowards was part of a contest hosted by film We Made This Movie and Red Bull Soundstage, in which the group with the most online fan votes got the gig.
The band got the call telling them they'd made the cut at 3:45 p.m. on Monday. They were supposed to hear by 3:30 — so by this point, they were all huddled around the phone in a circle.
"A couple of us were tearing up," Edwards said.
Then the call came in. And so did the jubilation.
"I had a bit of a giggle fit earlier," said guitarist Christian Fedele, adding that he's thrilled to play on what he sees as the Ed Sullivan stage.
The band has been together for just under two years, so they know how rare it is for them to get an opportunity like this one. They also know how instrumental their families and friends were in getting them here.
"A lot of our families have poured a lot of themselves into this as well," he said.
But no matter what happens, Edwards says the band will still come back from New York the same kind of guys as they were when they left.
"When we get home, we'll still need to get the notes we missed from class, you know?"
"We're still students."