Preppy Rockers Make It A Vampire Weekend At The Roundhouse
REVIEW: Koenig and co take the iTunes Festival in style…
Despite still looking like they've just strolled onto campus, the Modern Vampires rocked the Roundhouse on day 15 of the iTunes Festival.
Feeling: Despite the pouring rain outside, spirits inside the venue are high with the expectant crowd counting down to the start of the Vamps set.
The Look: Keeping up their famed preppy image, the boys were neatly dressed in shirts and jumpers. The stage itself was decorated with a floral backcloth which gave the Roundhouse the feel of an upper-class tea room, and an gold framed ornate mirror acted as a screen for projections.
Tunes: Despite only having three albums under their well crafted belts, the sheer strength of Vampire Weekend's back catalogue makes the night's set feel like a greatest hits.
Recent single Diane Young kicked the night off in a welcome upbeat manner, swiftly followed by White Sky and Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa - the first of several tracks taken from the band's eponymous debut.
Current album Modern Vampires Of The City provided several highlights on the night, including Step and a beautiful take on Hannah Hunt, before the night ended with spirited run thought of old favourites One and Walcott.
Sweat Factor: The hit heavy set led to an appropriately energetic crowd, although the dampness from the evening's rains led to more steam than sweat.
Summary: Despite often seeming effortless, Vampire Weekend still manage to put across a taunt, energetic set that maintained a crackling momentum throughout.
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Boston (Ladies of Cambridge)
One (Blake's Got a New Face)
By Gavin Cullen @mtvuknews