By Stacey Partridge
Vampire Weekend, an American indie rock band of four graduates from Columbia University caught the attention of Kris Chen from XL Recordings when their music hit a variety of blogs in 2006. From New York City it was certain that this band was going to be introduced to the world in a big way.
Comprised of band members Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson, Vampire Weekend?s genre is influenced by a combination of African popular music and Western classical music bringing a sense of uniqueness to the youth of the 21st century. They definitely look the part with their prestigious and preppy style and although it is still early in their career, one can be sure that Vampire Weekend is here to stay.
They released their first album Vampire Weekend at the beginning of 2008 and were off to a roaring start with their signature song Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa ranking 67th on Rolling Stone’s magazine list of the ‘100 Best Songs of the Year’ in 2007.
Their second album; Contra, was released at the beginning of this year and has proven to be equally successful, if not more, as Vampire Weekend in the music industry. This could be as a result of them being a full-time band during their second recorded album.
Despite their boasting success, Vampire Weekend’s music is an acquired taste that can be described as being alternative due to their diverse use of instruments and sounds. For this reason some might find their music rather cluttered where there is too much going on at once; although they are known to be loved from a wide variety of age groups.
In particular cases few choose to enjoy some of their songs and wonder what on earth went wrong in the others. This could be because Vampire Weekend has a tendency to cram together a whole lot of instruments sometimes resulting in a bizarre and unpleasant sound. Thus their hybrid approach to music is something you are either going to fall in love with immediately or completely despise.
What I love most about Vampire Weekend is their ability to full their songs with energy; their songs feel alive and passionate. There are no doubts that Vampire Weekend has a gift- the sounds that they put together are sacred; they are filled with soul and a desired love for music. Vampire Weekend definitely has huge potential and I wait for more albums in anticipation.