FORTH Valley College welding lecturer, Des McCabe, has hit the top of the US charts with his band, Dead Man Fall, after their song, Bang Your Drum, was covered by Scottish TV presenter, Craig Ferguson, and a whole host of superstars on The Late, Late Show.
The song reached No.1 in the US i-tunes rock chart, No.1 in the Amazon Bestsellers Chart and No.24 in the UK i-tunes rock chart after Ferguson called in over 50 A-list stars such as Matthew McConaughey, Samuel L Jackson, Quentin Tarantino, Kevin Bacon, Lisa Kudrow, Larry King and Mila Kunis to take part in a video cover.
The well-known TV presenter, who is originally from Cumbernauld, had initially asked the band to perform their version of the song on the show in October after one of the band members tweeted him with a link to their video in May last year.
However, after the unsigned band were unable to secure visas, the producer of the show contacted them to ask if they could still use the song but do a video cover for the opening segment of Ferguson’s last show.
The response has been overwhelming with the catchy song grabbing the attention of the public.
Des, vocalist and song-writer for band, said:
“We were sitting the night before releasing the track and thinking about how we could get it out there. We came up with the idea to send it to Craig Ferguson as he’s originally from Cumbernauld and the town features in the music video – however, we never imagined this would all happen!
“We were excited and shocked when we were first asked to perform on the show and even more so when the producer told us about the idea for the video cover. We felt total disbelief even before we knew exactly which stars were going to be involved.
“The whole experience has been totally overwhelming and we all feel very humbled. We’re so thankful to all the people involved in making it happen.”
The future is now looking bright for the band who formed in 2012 after having known each other since school.
“I’ve always loved music and have played in bands for years. This is a dream come true and a fantastic platform to get our music out there. We’ve a number of TV and radio appearances coming up and we’re also hoping that we will be able to play some bigger gigs and music festivals. We can only dedicate so much time to it all as we all have other work and family commitments but we definitely want to make the most of the opportunities we’re being offered.”
Colin McGeoch, a sound production lecturer at Forth Valley College, also helped to record the track and played piano on the song.
“I’ve been working with Des recording and mixing his music for a number of years now. When we started working on Bang Your Drum, it was obvious that it was a great song, and a song that has a message that everyone can relate to.
“Although Des told me something was happening with Craig Ferguson and the Late, Late Show, he wasn’t able to divulge the details so it was quite a surprise! Seeing what’s happened to the song is fantastic, and it’s testament to the work and talent of everyone involved.”
You can also follow the band on Twitter @deadmanfall1 or find them on facebook.com/deadmanfall
Bang Your Drum is currently available to download on i-tunes. The band will release their next single Beating Heart in February 2015.
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