I mean we had a bunch of ideas. One of them was to kind of incorporate a certain type of, you know, African pop guitar tone into a New Wavy, Squeeze, Elvis Costello style of songwriting. It's funny to say that now. It seems very distant, but that was how it felt at the time
Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006. They are currently signed to XL Recordings. The band consists of lead vocalist and guitarist Ezra Koenig, guitarist/keyboardist and backing vocalist Rostam Batmanglij, drummer and percussionist Chris Tomson and bassist and backing vocalist Chris Baio. The band released its first album Vampire Weekend in 2008, which included the singles “Mansard Roof”, “A-Punk”, “Oxford Comma”, “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” and “The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance”. The band’s second album, Contra, was released in 2010. Their third studio album, Modern Vampires of the City, was released on May 14, 2013, winning them a Grammy Award for Best Alternative Music Album in 2014.