Vampire Weekend is an American indie rock band from New York City currently consisting of Ezra Koenig (lead vocals/guitar), Chris Tomson (drums), and Chris Baio (bass/backing vocals). Band co-founder Rostam Batmanglij (guitar/keyboard/backing vocals) has embarked on a solo career and is no longer an official member of the band.
The members of the band met as students at Columbia University and took their name from a short film of Koenig's about an invasion of Cape Cod by vampires on the weekend.
- Vampire Weekend (2008)
- Contra (2010)
- Modern Vampires of the City (2013)
- Father of the Bride (2019)
Tropes used by this band include:
- Album Title Drop: "Father of the bride" are the final words of Danielle Haim's first verse on "Hold You Now".
- Alliterative Name: The titular Hannah Hunt of "Hannah Hunt."
- Alliterative Title: "Hannah Hunt", "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", "Harmony Hall", "Big Blue", "Spring Snow".
- Audience Participation Song: "One (Blake's Got A New Face)" often has the audience sing the response of "Blake's Got A New Face" during the chorus.
- "Horchata" is often an audience participation song at concerts too, with directions on when to sing provided by Rostam.
- Badass Beard: Chris Tomson.
- Break-Up Song: "Campus". Also a popular interpretation of "Hannah Hunt".
- Closet Key: "Diplomat's Son," which was actually a reinterpretation of a short story Ezra had written into a love story.
- Cloud Cuckoo Lander: Ezra, especially on his Twitter.
- Darker and Edgier: Modern Vampires of the City, especially the album art.
- Deliberately Monochrome: The album art for Modern Vampires of the City, and the Lyric Video for "Step" off the same album.
- Everyone Went to School Together: The group began at Columbia University.
- Indecipherable Lyrics: "A-Punk", most of which sounds like gibberish even if you do know the lyrics.
- Intercourse with You: "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
- Hymn to Music: One interpretation of "Step".
- Last Chorus Slowdown: "Sunflower".
- Location Song:
- "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa".
- "Step" namedrops numerous locations, from Dar El Salaam to Mechanicsburg.
- "Hannah Hunt" is set on a road trip "from Providence to Phoenix", and the protagonists wind up in Santa Barbara of all places.
- "Jerusalem, New York, Berlin".
- Lyrical Dissonance: "Diane Young."Ezra: "I had a feeling that the world is not a number called "Dying Young" (= young die) because it sounded so heavy and seriously, where "Diane Young" sounded like a name of a nice person."
- Lyric Video: An official one for "Step".
- New Sound Album: Modern Vampires of the City was more experimental than the band's previous releases.
- Non-Appearing Title: "White Sky" and others.
- Not Christian Rock: Modern Vampires of the City contains many religious themes: the song "Ya Hey" is about the name Yahweh, and other songs bear titles such as "Worship You," "Unbelievers" and "Everlasting Arms."
- This continues with Father of the Bride. Of course, as Koenig (who writes the vast majority of the band's lyrics) is Jewish and heavily draws on his personal experiences with questioning and reaffirming his faith and pride in his heritage, one could argue that it's not Christian rock, it's Jewish rock.
- Not Staying for Breakfast: The Love Interest in "Diplomat's Son".
- The Oner: In the music videos for "Oxford Comma" and "A-Punk".
- One-Woman Song: "Hannah Hunt", "Diane Young".
- One-Word Title: "Step", "Giant", "Horchata", "Cousins", "Walcott", "Bryn", "Campus", "A-Punk", "Holiday", "Run", "Unbelievers", "Hudson", "Bambina", "Sympathy", "Sunflower", "2021", "Stranger".
- "Pachelbel's Canon" Progression: "Step".
- Precision F-Strike: "Who gives a fuck about the oxford comma?" from "Oxford Comma".
- "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" has one in the chorus, though it's not overt.
- Punny Title: "Diane Young".
- Queer Romance: The narrator of "Diplomat's Son" has a crush on his best friend (the titular character); the two finally get high and sleep together, but the diplomat's son is gone come morning.
- Recycled Lyrics: The lyric "This feels so unnatural/Peter Gabriel, too" appears in both "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and "Ottoman".
- "Giving Up the Gun" from Contra is a rerecording of "Giving Up Da Gun" by L'homme Run, Ezra's rap group from before the band was created.
- Religion Rant Song: "Unbelievers".Im not excited
But should I be?
Is this the fate that half of the world has planned for me?
I know I love you
And you love the sea
What holy water contains a little drop, little drop for me?
- Road Trip Plot: "Hannah Hunt".
- Self-Titled Album: Their debut.
- Spiritual Successor: With the band's geeky, "preppy" image and afrobeat influences, they could be the second coming of Talking Heads.
- Title Drop: I Think Ur A Contra from Contra.
- Title-Only Chorus: "One (Blake's Got A New Face)".
- Word Salad Lyrics: "California English", "Step", "Giant'.