Saturday 19th January, Push Club Astoria 2
However morbidly misleading Vampire Weekend’s name may be, there’s a mass of bodies snaked around the Astoria 2 tonight queuing eagerly to taste New York’s freshly prepped exports.
As the hotly-tipped (For 08’) quartet sprint through their sun-drenched set they show a leaning to more of the carnival elements than the ghoulish images generated by their name.
Complete with African-influenced drum beats, Vampire Weekend’s indie-ska sound is paraded like a brand as the boys introduce Paul Simon to a generation born years after his Graceland period with which their songs seem intertwined.
Recent single, A Punk, produces a rabid bounce from the crowd, while dance homage, Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa, instructs the movement further with lead singer Ezra Koenig’s hollering encouragement amid Peter Gabriel references. What the group lacks in variety, they make-up for with consistency and a refreshing style albeit soaked in nostalgia. It’s a colourful start to what will prove to be ‘their year’.