Hey! It's O.A.R. 2007! Who knew? These guys are one of those bands that I kept hearing so much about to the point I was just so tired of them before ever actually listening to them. This actually happens fairly often. Could call it the Cold War Kids Syndrome? Since I went like literally 18 months before actually giving them a shot (while they were playing Madison Square Garden, no less.) So anyway, back to Vampire Weekend. I was informed earlier that they would be opening for New Pornographers at Bowery Last night, and while I didn't go out of my way to try and get there early to see them, I caught a good chunk of their set. A couple thoughts...
How on EARTH did these guys become a 'blogger' favorite? If you ask me, it sounds like early 00's college rock. Like shit that people over the age of 30 have never heard of despite the fact that they sell out arenas across the country and everyone who went to college this decade had all their albums on their computer at some point. Is there anything wrong with this? I guess not. It's perfectly good music for what it is. It just sounds a lot more like something I'd be embarrassed to tell people I liked, rather than something I'm embarrassed to tell people I've never listened to. That make any sense?
The name 'Vampire Weekend' is the most deceptive name ever. It's like if Death Cab didn't have the 'for Cutie' qualifier. Before listening, I figured these guys were some electro-Faint thing that sounded like a 72-hour non-stop party. After listening, I can't help but picture them playing the Monster Mash at the school dance on a Boy Meets World episode. There is nothing 'Vampire' about them. They should just be called 'Weekend.'
I downloaded the EP off e-music this AM. Listened to it a few times, along with their impressive Exit Music (for a film) cover from the Stereogum OK Computer thing. Like I said, it's silly, goofy mindless music, and I probably like it so much because it sounds absolutely nothing like what I expected and I'm still sorta delirious from the shock. I'm not sure how a label like XL plans to recoup on these guys who fall into a genre defined by the associated band's complete lack of album sales, but I'm sure they'll do fine in some way. I kinda regret not buying a t-shirt. They seemed like nice guys.