Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Music Profile- Vampire Weekend

By now most of you have already heard of Vampire Weekend. The indie pop/rock band composed of four Columbia university alumni first came on the scene in 2006. The band gained major popularity via the Internet and in November of 2007 toured the UK with the Shins. If you have not heard of them yet, they are a definitely a group worthy of your attention.

Their self titled debut album Vampire Weekend is fun & lively, nostalgic to the 80's. Their music has been described as a fusion of Ska, New Wave and Afro-Pop (African Pop), others have categorized it as Indie-Pop of a different cut with their worldly blend. Regardless of what genre you categorize them under, their music is a mixture of various influences and easily appeals to a large audience. Simply put Vampire Weekend is just that simple, witty and addicting, leaving you craving for more good times.

I had the pleasure of seeing Vampire Weekend at the Wiltern Theater. Their final show on Thursday September 18th was SOLD OUT and it's no wonder why. If you have the opportunity to check them out live, I highly recommended doing so. Vampire Weekend is a great live band. Everyone in the audience was on their feet moving to the infectious sound that takes a hold of you. The sound was crisp and clear and Ezra Koenig's voice is classic. I left the concert and immediately put on their album for the ride home....I didn't want the party to stop!

Vampire Weekend: Ezra Koenig (lead vocals, guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboard, guitar, vocals), Chris Tomson (drums) and Chris Baio (bass guitar).

Some of my favorite tracks off the album are "Mansford Roof," "Oxford Comma," "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa," and "I Stand Corrected." For another solid tune not found on their record, check out their cover of Fleetwood Mac's "Everywhere", taken from a recent radio session on Australia's Triple J.

Everywhere (Fleetwood Mac Cover) - Vampire Weekend

Source - Pitchfork

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