Oxford Kwassa Kwassa
Written by Bwog Staff
Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve heard of Vampire Weekend. Whether you saw them at ADP or Saint A’s or read the Bwog interview (their first, I think), these four boys were definitely in the business of invigorating the (almost nonexistent) campus music scene.
So here we are, just a little more than a year and a half after their first performance in Lerner’s party space during the SEAS Battle of the Bands (they didn’t win) and the band is riding high. REAL high.
Besides this write-up as “Hot New Kids” on Rolling Stone’s “Hot List,” VW has recently been signed to XL Recordings (joining M.I.A. and the White Stripes, among others), mentioned in the New Yorker, and provided some blog fodder for David Byrne (FUCKING DAVID BYRNE LIKES VAMPIRE WEEKEND!). They just opened for one of two Animal Collective shows at Webster Hall last week and, oh yeah, they’re opening for the Shins(!) in a series of November shows in England and France.
It’s hard not to be happy for Koening C ’06 and company (the band actually incorporated themselves this summer, making them Vampire Weekend, Inc.), but I think it’s safe to say that Bwog is jealous (at least I am). While our rock star dreams might never fade, let’s rejoice in VW’s success. After all, they invented African pop.