Vampire Weekend Biography
Vampire Weekend are vocalist + guitarist Ezra Koenig, keyboardist + vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, bassist Chris Baio and drummer Christopher Tomson. They live in New York City, USA and met while studying at Columbia University, forming the band in the spring of 2006; the quartet are gifted with the knack of making sweetly dense and warmly inflected Pop songs, rife with unrequited love affairs and bookish musings.
In June 2007 the New York Times wrote that “Even without an album,
Vampire Weekend have made one of the most impressive debuts of the year”.
Six months later XL Recordings released Vampire Weekend's first full-length album; the disc made an impressive debut on The Billboard Top 200 chart at #17 and also broke into the top 20 in the U.K. spawning the Hot Modern Rock top 30 hit "A-Punk" as well as the British top 40 hit "Oxford Comma".
The four New Yorkers issued their sophomore album, "Contra" in January 2010; the album, that took their unique musical vision a further step forward, shot straight atop the U.S. Billboard Top 200 and the Canadian Albums charts, peaked at #2 in Australia and even hit #3 in Britain. The lead single, "Cousins", was soon embraced by radio reaching #18 on the Billboard's Alternative Songs and #25 on the Rock Songs charts; it also became the band's second U.K. top 40 hit. The second single off the CD, "Giving Up The Gun", entered the Alternative Songs list at #34 in July and the final single, "Holiday", peaked at #31 on the same chart.
Vampire Weekend issued its third album, "Modern Vampires Of The City", in May 2013; it debuted at #1 on The Billboard 200 producing two Alternative radio hits: "Diane Young", that stopped just short of the 10 and "Unbelievers" which hit #7 on the Billboard's Modern Rock chart.