Vampire Weekend crafts the sound of summer, seamlessly recreating the memories of their college summer escapades to Martha’s Vineyard and strolls through Harvard Yard in the form of bright, breezy beats. Providing the perfect soundtrack to sipping Arnold Palmer’s on a front porch swing, Vampire Weekend is currently on the road, ready to give summer a run for its money before breaking out the cardigans.
Boston ought to be a memorable venue for Vampire Weekend, a band that so frequently throws punches at the boarding-school prep lifestyle of Harvard scholars, with references to lavish weekend excursions to Cape Cod and run-ins with the cougars of Cambridge. Vampire Weekend’s latest album, January’s Contra is a consistent, comprehensive follow-up to their debut. “Giving Up the Gun”, the second single off the album, is the telling of a washed up character living the tennis-playing, fraternity life they ponder and in turn criticize, with a video featuring cameos of Jake Gyllenhaal and Joe Jonas. A show taking place in the city the band’s sung about so blissfully, “I’ve held dreams of Boston all of my life”, will be the cherry on top of a summer-long promotional tour, for the band and fans alike.
Though Ezra Koenig, Rostam Batmanglij, Chris Baio and Chris Thomson fit the appearance of a clean-cut, boyish quartet, Vampire Weekend have roughened up the edges since their Columbia days enough to be named one of Rolling Stone’s must-see tours of 2010. They’ve been selling out major venues all over the U.S. since the start of their Contra campaign in February, not to mention playing for record crowds at this summer’s hottest music festivals including Coachella, Glastonbury, T in the Park and Latitude. Vampire Weekend is set to continue their journey on the road with a handful of late 2010 tour dates starting August 28th at the Malkin Bowl in Vancouver.
Boston’s Bank of America Pavilion will welcome in the band on September 12th before they play the Radio City Music Hall in NYC from three consecutive nights. Following the fall tour, Vampire Weekend heads for Europe for their biggest UK shows yet with such stars as Janelle Monae, Jenny Lewis and Johnathan Rice as headlining performers. Vampire Weekend will headline the Bank of America Pavilion September 12th for the venue’s last show of the season, towing the crooning chill-wave duo Beach House and their brassy, boisterous counterparts Dum Dum Girls along for the ride.