Hotly-tipped Upper West Siders Vampire Weekend made their Los Angeles, nay, California, nay, WEST COAST DEBUT Monday night at the Troubadour and even as the first band on a three band bill and with a 8:30 start time, the club was fairly packed for their set. BUUUZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. The lads looked dapper as usual in their collared shirts, and even looked good when some members dressed down, like drummer Chris Tomson who stripped down to his Phillies-inspired Phish shirt. But it was their King Sunny Ade meets the Strokes sound that had the crowd clamoring for more than the three tracks their recently self-released EP provides. In fact, they may as well have named the thing Blue Balls because some of the best songs they performed, like set-closer “Walcott,” are absent from the disc. Maybe they are saving them for their wedding night. Even Tobey Maguire was out of the VIP balcony and down on the floor with the rest of the nerds and dancing girls. No word on whether he picked up their new 7-inch on yellow vinyl. Check the boys out as they swing back east from the West Coast over the next few weeks. (Dates at their MySpace)
Holy Shit, Vampire Hotel.
July 18, 2007