How did it happen? You know that four regular guys, Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson firstly met, and then formed Vampire Weekend in 2006 while attending Columbia University. How did it happen that this sort of indie band, admittedly with killer songs, but mix in this African style guitar playing, and this kooky look, kookier hooks and kookiest lyrics make it to be the biggest band in the world (that wasn’t formed on some dreadful TV talent show).
Well, I’ve no idea, but what I do know is that new album (we reviewed it here) Modern Vampires of the city has sold over 134,000 copies in its first week, which made it their second US number one album consecutively.
Today (yes, today – we’re THAT up with the times) they have released the video for the track ‘Diane Young’. It features an almost Biblical scene of Vampire Weekend disciples sitting around a table for a last supper, although these aren’t your usual mix of fishermen and other devout sorts. Instead, its made up of Sky Ferreira, Dave Longstreth (DIrty Projectors), P-Thugg and Dave1 (Chromeo), Santigold, Primo Kahn himself, Hamilton Leithauser (The Walkmen), Despot and Andrei, as well as the four members of the band.