Video of the Moment #196: Vampire Weekend

By on Wednesday, 6th January 2010 at 6:00 pm

I’m sure the same thing has crossed your mind before: does a band deserve – and indeed live up to – all its hype? It seems like yesterday I was listening to ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’ on Radio2’s Radcliffe/Maconie programme and wondering, “who is Vampire Weekend, and why is everyone going mental over them?” I didn’t stand a chance; it wasn’t long before I became a fan.

Many moons later, here we are, just days away from when the band is set to release Contra. They’ve already sold out 4 January dates in America and an entire 10-date UK tour in February including these dates we posted previously. And if that wasn’t enough, just yesterday they announced 24 more gigs aross North America for March and April. (If luck is on my side, I’ll be seeing them the day before Easter…)

In advance of the official release of Contra next week, they appeared on ‘Late Night with David Letterman’ last night to play ‘Cousins’. The yelping straight from the start and the guitars – somehow, they’re even more compelling live. The only thing missing are the bells that punctuate the ending – one can hope that they break these out for their live performances this year. And ladies, if you haven’t fallen for Ezra Koenig yet: just watch the video and be spellbound by his expressive eyebrows…I mean, voice!


‘Contra’, Vampire Weekend’s sophomore album, will be released on 11 January 2010 in the UK and can be preordered from Beggars Group or Amazon.

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3 Responses

8:46 pm
6th January 2010

I’d watched this about 5 times already before you posted it, but hadn’t noticed the eyebrows 🙂 And I do miss those bells at the end, they make it sound like Christmas!

1:42 pm
7th January 2010

Today or tomorrow?.. week…

Haha what a n00b! Pooor Vampire Weekend’s failed plug.

4:23 pm
7th January 2010

it’s not like Letterman really knows his musical guests all that well! one time he gave out barbecued ribs to the audience before Morrissey was due to perform.

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