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...
treating the band like a museum exhibit; cautious, sober, intrigued
drinking the Kool-Aid; cheering, booty dancing, responsive
it was excited to be kicking off its tour
it was exhausted and playing its last show of SXSW
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.