Artist of the Week: Vampire Weekend

best-bets-albums-vampire-weekend-650-430WERS is featuring Vampire Weekend as our Artist of the Week!

Vampire Weekend first formed in 2006 shortly after frontman Ezra Koenig and drummer Chris Tomson began collaborating together while attending Colummbia University in New York. Two years later the newly formed group made a major splash with their self-titled debut. It displayed strong Afro-Pop and World Beat influences that earned Vampire Weekend favorable comparisons to artists like Paul Simon and a top 25 spot on Rolling Stone’s list of “The 100 Greatest Debut Albums of All Time.” They kept the ball rolling with Contra in 2010 when it became both their first number one album on the Billboard 200 and their first Grammy-nominated album.

Now, after years of being an up-and-coming artist, Vampire Weekend has finally arrived with the release of their magnum opus, Modern Vampires of the City. On Modern Vampires of the City the band sought to explore more experimental and organic recording techniques including the use of pitch shifting, which is used extensively in the album’s lead single, “Diane Young.” The new album was just released last week on May 14 and has already been met with even more critical acclaim than Vampire Weekend’s previous two albums. Vampire Weekend began touring to promote Modern Vampires on April 12 and performed at Agganis Arena in Boston with Haim the day after the album’s release. The tour will also include a variety of festival dates such as the Firefly Festival in Delaware and Lollapalooza in Chicago.

By Bond Collard

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