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The Orwells to return to ‘Late Show’ Tuesday

Published: Thursday, June 5, 2014 2:23 p.m. CDT • Updated: Friday, July 25, 2014 4:39 a.m. CDT
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Elmhurst natives Dominic Corso (left), Matt O'Keefe, Henry Brinner, Grant Brinner and Mario Cuomo of The Orwells will perform for a second time on the "Late Show with David Letterman" Tuesday.

ELMHURST – David Letterman must love The Orwells.

Just five months after their first appearance on the Late Show, the band of Elmhurst natives is returning for another performance Tuesday.

When the group – comprised of recent York High School graduates – performed at the Ed Sullivan Theater less than half a year ago, the snarky host shocked the band with a request for an encore. Guitarist Matt O'Keefe broke every one of his strings during the all-out performance of "Who Needs You," which left the band standing on stage giving each other confused looks.

They didn't expect the reaction from Letterman, or his band leader, Paul Shaffer. Shaffer cued his musicians to cover the song and threw himself to the ground in imitation of The Orwells front man Mario Cuomo, who'd writhed across the stage on his back just moments earlier.

The nationally televised performance elicited attention from fans of all ages, social media critics and even Rolling Stone, which called it ""utterly out-of-control, utterly compelling, and even weirdly divisive."

The band is currently in Europe and couldn't be reached for an interview.

Matt O'Keefe, cousins Dominic Corso and Mario Cuomo, and the Brinner twins, Grant and Henry, started as a high school band in 2009, but quickly launched themselves into the spotlight. Their second album, "Disgraceland" was released in the U.K. Monday and in the U.S. on Tuesday.

While they've arguably hit the big time now, preparing for a headlining tour around the U.S. that kicks off in September, anyone who's seen their new music video for "North Avenue" knows they haven't forgotten where they started.

The song's title refers to North Avenue in Elmhurst, which is confirmed by a shot of the Interstate 290 exit sign for the familiar street. The video opens as the band cruises into town in an old, white Cadillac with a killer red interior, driving past familiar sites, even stopping by York for school pictures.

Once the five underage guys score a case of beer they set out to cause some trouble, tagging the name of their new album in red spray paint, partying in a cemetery and finally smashing walls inside a house with bats and crow bars.

You can watch the full video on the band's website at www.theorwells.com.

Maybe they'll give a shout out to their hometown and perform the song Tuesday for Letterman.

The Orwells will also play at Riot Fest in Chicago Sept. 13.

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The Orwells' return to the "Late Show with David Letterman" will air Tuesday at 10:35 p.m. on CBS.

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