Reminiscent of musical greats like Paul Simon and the Talking Heads, Vampire Weekend dubs their music genre “Upper West Side Soweto.” This indie-rock band produces a sound of their own by mixing Western classical, American indie-rock and South African traditional music. After meeting in college, the band formed in the spring of 2006 and has been turning out infectious, ironic, quirky tunes to form a hometown New York following that continues to grow. With their self-titled debut album, lead singer Ezra Koenig, bassist Chris Baio, drummer Chris Tomson and keyboardist/producer Rostam Batmanglij have created a thrilling Afro-pop sound for their highly anticipated release on XL Records in January 2008.
"Vampire Weekend have been on my radar for a little over a year now,” said Bruce Warren, assistant general manager of programming for WXPN. “We love their sound and freshness – imagine Paul Simon’s `Graceland’ colliding with the indie-pop of The Shins and you’ve got a really cool new band who sound nothing like their name implies. These four young gents have bright futures ahead.”
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