Funny how we mark the ascent of bands today: When Brooklyn’s imminently catchy, college-aged darlings Vampire Weekend hit Missoula last July, their self-released EP had just made its way to iTunes, three songs buried unceremoniously within that vast digital storefront. Last week, the same band, now much ballyhooed, released those same three songs as part of their debut LP and ever since have been splashed across iTunes’ front page alongside the likes of Alicia Keys and Jack Johnson. Vampire Weekend is officially hot shit.
No surprise, really. The eponymous full-length doesn’t necessarily build upon the promising punk-meets-world beat confections of the EP, but it at least reinforces them with slightly less of the same. The only standout among the new additions is “Mansard Roof,” which opens the album. Nothing quite reaches the grammatical cursing of “Oxford Comma” or the raucous simplicity of “A-Punk,” but there are no real clunkers either.
What’s more exiting than Vampire Weekend’s apparent ability to dodge a disappointment is news of the band’s unlikely return to Missoula. Courtesy of KBGA, the quartet will play the Badlander March 29, generously serving up another chance to hear their latest offerings live. (Skylar Browning)