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Don’t let their goth-inspired name fool you, the indie rock quartet Vampire Weekend is actually a preppy turn for the indie genre. The New York-based quartet needs no introduction, sold out concerts all over the nation have proven their canny ability to charm music fans of all sorts, but they describe themselves as “Upper West Side Soweto” nonetheless. With appearances at the Coachella Valley Music Festival and San Francisco’s recently inaugurated Outside Lands under their belt in the past year alone, Vampire Weekend continues along a rampant touring pace that leaves fans wanting more.
Although Vampire Weekend has generated a lot of buzz in the past few months, they are old news on the indie rock scene since any early version of their eponymous debut album surfaced in September 2007 after demos were leaked to the Web shortly after the band was created. The four ex-Columbia University students, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Tomson, formed in 2006 and lifted their name from a student film Koenig made during his freshman year. Vampire Weekend self-released their EPs, recorded in various quirky locals from a family farm to a Columbia dorm room, after students started buzzing about the band’s performances around campus. Their unique sound, which is simultaneously indie and preppy, fuses Afro-pop melodies with clever lyrics; “Oxford Comma” most famously boasts the lyrics “Who gives a f**k about an Oxford comma?” referring to the use of commas in trio of items.
In the summer of 2007 Vampire Weekend set out on their most ambitious tour yet and signed with XL Records that fall. The tour was so successful it left early fans of the indie rock band wondering why they had such a hard time getting their hand on Vampire Weekend tickets. The Mansard Roof EP was Vampire Weekend’s label debut and was followed by their self-titled LP in early 2008. The now notorious album cover featured an askew chandelier with styling reminiscent of Wes Anderson, and hosted a record that actually allows listeners to play the songs in sequence as opposed to skipping around for favorite tracks. Among the gems of Vampire Weekend are the African-inspired “M79” and the album’s last track, “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance,” which exemplifies Koenig’s irresistible boyish tenor. The lyrics are clever throughout the album, although Vampire Weekend gets a gold star for the rhyming of “Louis Vuitton” with “reggaeton” and “Benneton” on “Cape Code Kwassa Kwassa.”
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