Seth Meyers usually doesn’t feature musical acts on his show, but every once in a while, he lets us know how much he loves the stuff. (Meyers’ Hold Steady fandom, for instance, is well-documented.) On last night’s show, Meyers had Jeff Rosenstock, the DIY pop-punk great, as his musical guest. At this point, we’ve all gotten used to seeing our faves on the late-night shows, and it’s hard to come up with a surprising booking. But Jeff Rosenstock is that. This motherfucker got on TV.
Rosenstock has been on a run lately — soundtracking the animated series Craig Of The Creek, dropping covers whenever necessary, releasing the ridiculously good extra-songs EP 2020 DUMP just two weeks ago. Most importantly, Rosenstock surprise-released his album No Dream back in May, and it rules hard. On Late Night, Rosenstock and his band ripped their way through “Scram!,” possibly the hardest-ripping song from No Dream. I’m guessing it’s the first time there’s been a mosh breakdown on Late Night With Seth Meyers.
Rosenstock and his band played remotely, in a studio somewhere. All of them wore masks. They indulged in some light special-effects magic. And they just whomped ass. It can’t be easy to convey intensity and physicality in a quarantine late-night performance, but they did it. Watch it happen below.