Band To Watch

Band To Watch: Vampire Weekend

Amrit Singh | April 13, 2007 - 7:30 pm

Brooklyn’s Vampire Weekend sent Stereogum a blue CD-R, which popped up in our iTunes as Vampire Weekend: Blue CD-R. Fair enough. The demo’s sound quality matches the title’s DIY promise, but these are indie-pop gems of a different cut, pulling on the world music bend of Paul Simon’s Graceland and late Talking Heads, wrapped in literary barbs and ample alliteration (“all your diction dripping with disdain,” for one).

VMPRWKND cite African bands like Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Kanda Bongo Man as pull points, and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” delivers. Of course, these Columbia grads flaunt their Western roots, too: “A-Punk”‘s got some Kinks, “Oxford Comma” is like MMJ’s Z revisited from Brooklyn. Still haven’t seen ‘em live, but the reviews have been astounding. Take a listen and love.

Vampire Weekend – “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” (MP3)
Vampire Weekend – “Oxford Comma” (MP3)

Vampire Weekend are releasing their first “official” 7″ on Free News Project and a proper EP, both in May. They’re booking a tour to see the sights of the eastern seaboard. We’ll getcha those dates in a bit, so there’s time yet to work on your kwassa kwassa.