Pretty sure we’re going to be hearing a lot more from this band, considering the buzz it’s generating is coming from just a three-song EP (available at eMusic).
If you haven’t heard Vampire Weekend yet, think Paul Simon (via Graceland/Rhythm of the Saints) with an indie-rock twist. As a live band, the quartet is tight and polished and craftily pulls off its world sound without any of the instrumentation you might expect to see. (I should note that in the interview on KEXP, the band mentioned Arizona as a tour highlight. Holla!)
The guys stopped at KEXP for an in-studio session and played four songs and even left off what I think is their best: Oxford Comma. Also check KEXP’s blog for an mp3 of Walcott (Insane Mix #2), the first song Vampire Weekend recorded.
You can also read a story I wrote when the band came through Phoenix.
Vampire Weekend, live on KEXP, 7/22/07:
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance
(Note: Original session, including interview, available via KEXP’s great Live Performance Podcast.)