“Brill Bruisers,” the giddy firehose-blast title track from the new New Pornographers album, is about as huge and overwhelming as a power-pop song can possibly be. It’s so towering and elaborate, in fact, that it’s weirdly inspiring to see actual people banging it out in a real-time situation. But that’s what we got last night, when the band appeared on the Late Show With David Letterman to knock the song out. Dan Bejar wasn’t there with the band, but Neko Case was, and she looked like an absolute star even as she sang backup. The whole performance is just a delight, and you can watch it below.
Brill Bruisers is out now on Matador.