Beirut paid a visit to The Late Show on Thursday night (Feb. 7) to perform the title track off of their latest album, Gallipoli.
The minimalist performance on the moodily lit set began with well-traveled frontman Zach Condon playing the trumpet beside bandmates on the trombone, keyboard, bass and drums. The eclectic folk rock tune, a kind of melancholy mariachi, showcased the band’s global instrumental skills as it bubbled along in a mid-tempor groove, with merely one verse for Condon to sing.
“We tell tales to be known, or be spared the sorrow/ You’re so fair to behold, what will be left when you’re gone?/ And it shapes everything you know, how we learn and the wonders we love/ Southern land, scattered clouds from the cove/ And, oh, oh, oh, oh, spare me the glow,” Condon sang.
Watch Beirut perform “Gallipoli” on The Late Show below.