Vampire Weekend Is Out! Now, Counting Down To Backlash

Amrit Singh | January 29, 2008 - 6:06 pm

Finally, right?! Today you guys finally got to hear the album that’s been making people go crazy on both sides of the Atlantic, in every newspaper, magazine, and blog you read. Even Pitchfork can’t resist their Columbian charms, giving the self-titled debut a Best New Music stamp. All the way from Harlem (ha) to the spotlight; it’s a real riches to riches story, and, it couldn’t have happened to nicer guys (seriously). With all that out of the way, there’s only one thing left: the backlash. They’ve been on our radars for just about a year, right? It’s about time.

OK, not quite yet. According to NY Mag’s crystal ball, the saturation point, which will take the band from being buzzy to being overhype-y, will be hit with the conclusion of tomorrow night’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show; in other words, tonight’s sold-out Bowery Ballroom show is your last chance to say-you-were-there-when, before saying-you-were-they-when is like totally passé. This is, in fact, what the not-so-distant future possibly maybe holds:

In late 2008, after Vampire Weekend has guested on Saturday Night Live, sold out the Theater at Madison Square Garden for nine consecutive nights, and licensed songs for commercials for every product in Apple’s lineup, Zach Braff discovers a hip, new underground band called “Vampire Weekend.” He adds them to the soundtrack for his new movie, a coming-of-age story about Zach Braff sleeping with whichever currently popular 22-year-old actress is the hottest. He explains in the CD’s liner notes: “Their songs sound like Graceland by Paul Simon, another artist with which I am newly familiar.”

Vulture has the rest of the trajectory which, worry not A-Punk t-shirt owners, includes the all-is-forgiven/backlash-to-the-backlash phase, tentatively scheduled for the third album, after they’ve come to terms with P4K’s 1.3 drubbing of the sophomore effort.

Fun and games aside, Vampire Weekend’s enjoying a crowning moment: they are the Strokes, the Arcade Fire, the Clap Your Hands Say Yeah, the Arctic Monkeys, the Beirut, the Peter Bjorn & John of the day. The record’s out today — it’s very good indeed — and the tour starts … now:

01/29 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom !
01/30 New York, NY @ Bowery Ballroom
01/31 San Francisco, CA @ Popscene
02/01 San Francisco, CA @ Amoeba Records
02/04 Los Angeles, CA @ Amoeba Records
0206 Washington, D.C. @ Rock and Roll Hotel
02/07 Philadelphia, PA @ First Unitarian Church
02/08 Williamstown, MA @ Williams College Currier Ballroom
02/09 Boston, MA @ Museum of Fine Arts
02/11 Toronto, Ontario @ Horseshoe Tavern
02/13 Cincinnati, OH @ The Gypsy Hut
02/14 Columbus, OH @ Wexner Center
02/15 Pittsburgh, PA @ Andy Warhol Museum
02/21 London, England @ ULU
02/22 Wolverhampton, England @ Civic
02/23 Oxford, England @ Academy
02/24 Brighton, England @ Audio
02/27 Manchester, England @ Academy 2
02/28 Glasgow, Scotland @ Classic Grand
03/06 Orlando, FL @ The Social
03/07 South Florida Everglades, FL (Langerado)
03/08 St. Augustine, FL @ Café Eleven
03/09 Atlanta, GA @ The Earl
03/10 Birmingham, AL @ The Bottletree
03/12 – 03/16 Austin, TX SXSW
03/19 San Diego, CA @ The Casbah
03/20 Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey
03/22 San Francisco, CA @ The Independent
03/23 San Francisco, CA @ Rickshaw Shop
03/25 Portland, OR @ Doug Fir Lounge
03/26 Seattle, WA @ Neumos
03/27 Vancouver, British Columbia @ Richards on Richards
03/29 Missoula, MT @ Badlander
03/30 Boise, ID @ Neurolux
04/01 Denver, CO @ Bluebird Theater
04/25 Indio, CA @ Coachella

UPDATE: Bowery Ballrom looks like it was fun last night. Anybody go while it was still cool to like them?