Vampire Weekend is an american indie rock band known for their complex lyrics and unorthodox production. Consisting of Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, and Chris Tomson, they have released three albums as of 2016: Vampire Weekend, Contra, and Modern Vampires of the City. The latter two debuted at number one on the Billboard 200, making them the first previously unknown independently signed to do so.
Rostam Batmanglij was a member until January 2016, when he left. However, he actively contributed to their first three albums, and will contribute to their upcoming fourth album, which is set for release in 2016 and has the working title Mitsubishi Macchiato.
The band got their name when Koenig was about to be a sophomore in college. He wanted to make an East Coast version of The Lost Boys and entitled it Vampire Weekend. They originally considered calling themselves Weekend, but there was another band with that name. It was probably in reference to the Godard film Week-End, which is about dissolute youth revolutionaries in the 1968 tumult in France. They allude to the film both in the “Mansard Roof” and “Oxford Comma” videos.
With the release of Modern Vampires of the City, Vampire Weekend has likened their first three albums to a trilogy. Koenig told Jon Pareles of the New York Times as much in May 2013:
It reminded me of Brideshead Revisited. The naïve joyous school days in the beginning. Then the expansion of the world, travel, seeing other places, learning a little bit more about how people live. And then the end is a little bit of growing up, starting to think more seriously about your life and your faith. If people could look at our three albums as a bildungsroman, I’d be O.K. with that.
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