Vampire Weekend Converts Any “Unbelievers” At KCRW’s Berkeley Street Studio Sessions
By Katrina Nattress; Photos by Brenda Janairo on April 23, 2013
The members of Vampire Weekend are like sharks--they don’t stop moving (writing, recording, or touring). While other bands spent the week between Coachella sets bronzing in the desert sun, the East Coast indie rockers took the opportunity to tour California, making stops in Davis, Oakland, Pomona and, on Friday night, Santa Monica, for a special show and interview hosted by KCRW at Bob Clearmountain’s Berkeley Street Studio.
Though the legendary producer/mixer was out of town for the event, he left the board in the capable hands of Neil Dorfsman, who recorded the session. (Perhaps Bob's magic reached its quota for a 26-hour period, as he had deftly recorded Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' incredible KCRW session the night before.) As soon as Vampire Weekend sauntered onstage and delved into its first song, “Holiday,” any qualms from a heavy workweek dissipated as the crowd jovially bobbed along. The four-piece precisely executed tracks off its two full-length albums and treated the intimate audience to new songs “Diane Young,” “Step,” “Unbelievers” and “Ya Hey,” giving attendees a taste of what to expect from its forthcoming record, Modern Vampires of The City.
The new album is slated for a May 14 release via XL Records. Friday night’s full set and interview with Jason Bentley is scheduled to air on May 15 during KCRW’s Morning Becomes Eclectic.
Vampire Weekend Live on KCRW – Set List:
I Stand Corrected
One (Blake’s Got a New Face)