BROCKHAMPTON, the internet’s favourite boyband, made their late-night television debut last Wednesday on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, performing a new song: the incredibly melancholic and earnest ‘Tonya’.
Friend/collaborator Ryan Beatty, rising star serpentwithfeet and R&B chart-topper Jazmine Sullivan delivered backing vocals for the song, with group-member JOBA (Russel Boring) providing piano accompaniment. The rest of the group’s vocalists – Kevin Abstract (Ian Simpson), Dom McLennon, Merlyn Wood (William Andoh Wood), Matt Champion and Bearface (Ciarán McDonald) – sat on a grass patch as they rapped/sang, ocean scenery playing on a screen behind them. Though BROCKHAMPTON have dished out plenty of emotional ballads before, this performance had a special poignancy to it, as it was their first since the official announcement of founding member Ameer Vann’s departure from the group due to the numerous allegations of abuse.
Moments before the performance, Fallon announced the title of the group’s forthcoming album (the follow-up to last year’s acclaimed ‘SATURATION’ trilogy) as ‘The Best Years of Our Lives’ instead of ‘PUPPY’, which the group had previously stated that the album would be called. ‘Tonya’ is presumably the first taste of the album, as the visuals seen in the song’s performance heavily resemble the album’s front cover.
On the same day as their performance, BROCKHAMPTON announced sideshows for September’s Listen Out festival. The group are set to perform at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre on the 25th of September, and Sydney’s Enmore Theatre on the 26th. Both dates have sold out.
See the full list of BROCKHAMPTON’s upcoming performances here.