A simple preview I wrote up for Phawker of a sold-out Vampire Weekend show in Philadelphia has set off rock critic/Pop Cesspool blogger Joe Warminsky. It’s comments like Joe’s that make my occasional “work” all worthwhile. Thanks, Joe!
Have you heard this band?
For those of you too lazy to click on over to Phawker, I wrote:
Vampire Weekend play a sold out show at First Unitarian Church tonight. If you can’t get in you’re not alone. Your parents were probably shut out too. The band’s debut album and style of music, which they cheekily refer to as “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” “Upper West Side Soweto,” “Campus,” and “Oxford Comma Riddim,” goes down easy, so easy that I’m sometimes reminded of “Escape (The Piña Colada Song)”. I’m sure they get more questions about raiding their parents’ Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel record collections than any young, smart, stylish band deserves, but that’s no reason to see if they hold up to the “Sun City” litmus test. Listen up, Moms and Dads: this is an album worth a raid on your kids’ collections. The kids are all right. Let ‘em stay out a little later after tonight’s show so they can grab a late bite at a diner and have a giggle. If this is a Vampire Weekend, they’ll have no trouble getting back into the swing of things come Monday morning – or Friday morning, in our town’s case.