MUSIC ID: Vampire Weekend

The band from New York surprises us once again with their new album Modern Vampires of the City, which is released today.

Text: Yiota Dendrinou



Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson formed Vampire Weekend seven years ago, when they were all studying at Columbia University in New York City. Their love for African Music and punk rock brought them close and, eventually, they took their name from a short film that Koenig, lead vocalist of the band, was working on during a summer in college.



They characterize their music genre as punk, new wave and classical and as soon as their first album was released in 2008 they were already declared as the “The Year’s Best New Band” with their single Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa being a success and creating strong internet attention for the band. A-Punk, Campus and Oxford Comma were also successful singles from the Vampire Weekend album.




After two years, they released their second album Contra with singles such as Horchata, Cousins and Holiday. The album was rated #1 on Billboard 200 and was also nominated for a Grammy for Best Alternative Music Album.


The band’s image has been linked to a prep-chic, Ivy League style, because of their education and the frequency they wear Polo shirts, cardigans and sweaters. Koenig stated that “I feel like sweaters will always be a part of our band” in a GQ interview where the band was called to model the secret of wearing bright colours.



On March 18th the band released the double single Diane Young/Step from their new album Modern Vampires of the City. Moreover, the band created T-shirts that you can buy with their new album here.


In their tumblr account the band says that “It really feels like the third chapter in a book. We created some characters on the first record, some of which are real people, some of which are ourselves, so it’s not so hard to keep following them and see what their concerns are now and how their lives have changed”.