Spotlight    Vampire Weekend    World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music


Spotlight    Vampire Weekend    World Music at Global Rhythm - The Destination for World Music
Moroccan Sahara

Search

WORLD MUSIC NEWS
WorldMusicFeatures
WORLD MUSIC Profiles
  Artist Features
  World Music Legends
  Reggae Legends
  African Legends
Live Music Events
  World Music Concerts
  World Music Festivals
  World Music Clubs
Global Lifestile
  Travel
  Food
  Film
reviews
  Books
  DVD
  Live Music
WorldMusicFeatures
WORLD MUSIC CD ReVIEW
  Africa
  Asia & Far East
  Australia & Oceania
  Celtic & Irish
  Electronica
  Europe
  Greater Latin America
  Jazz
  Middle East & North Africa
  New Age & Avant Garde
  North American
  Reggae & Caribbean
  South Asia
  World Fusion
WORLD MUSIC links
back issues
 

Deutsch
Franais
Espa ol
Italiano
Portuguese
Japanese
Chinese





Spotlight

Print Page
E-mail to Friend E-mail to Editor
Vampire Weekend
By Melissa Klein

Published July 11, 2008

Vampire Weekend is the new “it” band on the indie rock scene, fusing African rhythms, ringing guitar lines and clever lyrics.

Vampire Weekend may bring to mind an Eastern European blood-sucking binge, but the name is quickly becoming synonymous with a group of four preppie Columbia University grads clad in khakis and penny loafers. Guitarist Ezra Roening, keyboardist Rostam Batmangliz, drummer Chris Tomson and bassist Chris Baio got together in early 2006, and before long they came up with a mix of South African pop and indie rock that they describe as “Upper West Side Soweto.”

 

“We were pretty much uniformly agreed on the things we didn’t like,” Roening said in a recent interview with The Independent in London. “It was important for us not to be using the same rhythms or the same styles of playing that so much rock has used.” That said, the band has drawn comparisons to the likes of The Strokes and Talking Heads (not to mention Paul Simon’s Graceland), but their sound is definitely their own.

 

On their self-titled debut, the lads also display a cheeky gift of gab, dropping clever yet catchy lyrics that’ll have you singing along after a few listens. “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” is the most Afro of the tunes, while “Oxford Comma” serves up a lesson in diction, but “A-Punk” is particularly perky and danceable, with the drums pulsing lightly under vocal lines like “Johanna drove slowly into the city/The Hudson River all filled with snow/She spied the ring on His Honor’s finger/Oh-oh-oh.”

 

A far cry from the typical indie-rock bands that come out of New York City, Vampire Weekend has captured the imagination of local blogs and press, as well as a few national magazines. Now they’re out on the road for their first major tour, taking a bite out of cities all over America and a few spots in England, no doubt winning over new fans with their quirky, upbeat party music.

RSS Feeds

ADVERTISING LINKS

Gnaoua Festtival
Fes Festival
Lawson Sideblock
Globe Trekker 120 150
emusicsideblock

GoNomad
sonicbids

Contact us | Press Room | Contests | About Global Rhythm magazine | Advertise / Media Kit
Privacy Statement | Terms of Use
| Global Rhythm Contributors | Link to Us | Back Issues

Copyright © 2008 Zenbu Media. All rights reserved.

Powered by Ecomsolutions.net