Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Vampire Weekend

When I first saw the music video for Vampire Weekend's first single "Mansard Roof," I was paid little attention to the music and more to the preppy look of the band members, with their popped collars and boat shoes, sailing around on a yacht. On second viewing, I heard the catchy song from the group of recent Columbia grads. The songs on their self titled debut all follow the same trend: simple, hip, and catchy as hell. The group owes a lot to African rock music and Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, as it blends whispy guitar lines with the steady drumming characteristic of West African pop. Aside from the afore mentioned "Mansard Roof," there is the bouncy "A-Punk" which is guaranteed to make you bop along as you listen. The track "Oxford Comma"(not FCC clean) however is my favorite. Lead singer Ezra Koenig's lyrics about someone else's' perceived superiority fits perfectly with the band's preppy East Coast attitude, yet it's not something that you particulary mind when lost in the steady rhythm of the song. Vampire Weekend gained a quick and rabid following online after a CD-R demo of theirs hit the blogosphere. With this will come the inevitable backlash that hit other blog bands such as Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, Cold War Kids, and Tapes n Tapes. But for now, Vampire Weekend can rest on the easy knowing they have a satisfying album on the books.

1 comment:

muddle said...

Man I saw these guys open for Yacht at the Buskirk here in Bloomington, I thought they were nothing special, I was really surprised to see their success.