Vampire Weekend: Two shows, two cities, two verdicts
Last night I went to see Paste 4 to Watch artist, Vampire Weekend (the apparent darlings of SXSW) which I had said that I would not do during SXSW—not out of protest or anything, but because I had already seen them earlier that week in Atlanta, where they opened for The Walkmen at The Earl. But here was an interesting opportunity: to compare a “normal,” non-SXSW, non-NY show with a “hyped” SXSW one… all within 6 days. Here’s what I noticed...
|Opened for...||The Walkmen||DeVotchKa, Constantines|
|Opened with...||Mansard Roof||Mansard Roof||Wore...||Preppy sweaters||Preppy button-downs|
|Crowd was...||treating the band like a museum exhibit; cautious, sober, intrigued||drinking the Kool-Aid; cheering, booty dancing, responsive|
|Band said...||it was excited to be kicking off its tour||it was exhausted and playing its last show of SXSW|
|Complimented...||the audience for its harmonies on “One (Blake’s Got a New Face)”||the small group of super-fans in the front, jumping up and down|
||Solid but young band that sounds the same when live or on CD, which isn’t a bad thing, thus deserving attention||Solid but young band that is way too young for this much hype, which is a bad thing, but a point that warrants attention|
Just one girl’s opinion. Discuss freely in the comments section.