Vampire Weekend are Ezra Koenig (vocals / guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards / vocals), Chris Baio (bass) and Christopher Tomson (drums). The live in New York, and all met while studying at Columbia University. With a distinct vibe in mind, they began recording and performing around New York in 2006. Drawing on their diverse backgrounds and interests, they began experimenting and exploring the intersections of the things they loved: African guitar music, the Western classical canon, hazy memories of summers in Cape Cod, winters in upper Manhattan, reggaeton and everything else that would become a part of Vampire Weekend. Their forthcoming self-titled first album was produced by band member Rostam Batmanglij and came together over the course of 18 months, beginning in a practice room on the Columbia campus and ending in a newly christened storage space-cum-studio in Brooklyn. During this time, the band went from playing at the literary houses of their Alma Mater to selling out shows at Bowery Ballroom and the Music Hall of Williamsburg, opening for Animal Collective at Webster Hall, and touring with The Shins in Europe. 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."
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