Vampire Weekend is an American rock band from New York City, formed in 2006.
The band members met while enrolled at Columbia University, beginning with a rap collaboration between Koenig
They bonded over a shared love of punk rock and African music, and Koenig toured
with The Dirty Projectors during a period of experimentation with African music, inspiring the band to
incorporate world sounds in their early work.
New York City, New York
Indie rock, alternative rock, indie pop, baroque pop, Afrobeat
Dirty Projectors, L’Homme Run, Discovery, Baio, Ra Ra Riot
The band chose the name "Vampire Weekend" from the title of a short film project Koenig
worked on during the summer between freshman and sophomore years in college.
The song "Walcott" is about the protagonist in the film. Walcott was supposedly
fighting vampires to protect his virginity in the short film, which was never completed.
Ezra Koenig – lead vocals, guitar, lyrics
Chris Baio – bass, backing vocals
Chris Tomson – drums, backing vocals, percussion
Rostam Batmanglij – guitar, backing and lead vocals, keyboards, production, lyrics