Back in the late autumn of 2007, multi-instrumentalist and songwriter Rostam Batmanglij was asked about the new band he and his friend Ezra Koenig had formed. Considering Vampire Weekend’s fantastically rhythmical blend of African-pop, artful experimentalism, ska, seventies folk, Caribbean fusions and indie-rock, Rostam simply said, “I thought it would be interesting to play classical music on rock instruments.” For Koenig, it was even simpler; “The basis of our whole band,” he said, “is not playing modern rock.” Ezra and Rostam’s band, named after a comedy horror short Ezra made in 2005, played their first gig at a Battle of the Bands in February 2006 (they came third). A few weeks later their first track, Walcott, (after Ezra’s character in his short film and, laterally, as a tribute to St Lucian poet, Derek) appeared online. By September they had a three-track EP out which was followed early the next year by some CD-Rs of a whole album. In July 2007, seventeen months after their very first gig, the band signed to XL Recordings. 

Three hugely successful albums later, we know where Vampire Weekend are now, the question is, how did they get there? 

Read: The Roots Of… Vampire Weekend via NME

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