Friday, February 19, 2010
Forgive me if what I'm about to say sounds exactly like something you would expect to hear Carles at Hipster Runoff say but are Vampire Weekend even indie anymore? DON'T GET ME WRONG: I don't base my decision of whether or not to like a band based upon if they are classified as "indie" or not. I'm simply making an observation here that it seems like all the buzz that Vampire Weekend has gained over the course of their career has finally propelled them into the mainstream.
Take, for example, the song for which the above video is for, "Giving Up The Gun," which is arguably their most mainstream sounding song to date. Now take the video above which features Lil Jon, Joe Jonas, Jake Gyllenhall and The RZA. Having The RZA in your video is cool as shit but having Joe Jonas and Lil Jon in your video, well, it may as well be a P Diddy video.
I'm sure I'm coming across like quite the asshole at this point so let me just say this. I like Vampire Weekend. I like them a lot. I think they're latest album Contra, from which the song "Giving Up The Gun" comes from is really good and if they are no longer indie and are now mainstream then good for them. They deserve the success and I'm happy that they will be exposed to a broader audience. I will however say that when I'm sandwiched between a group of "bros" from Scottsdale and a group of tweens from wherever at their show at Marquee Theatre in April I will think back to a time that they were just a small little band that no one had ever heard of before but me and how much I miss those days.
Video: Vampire Weekend - "Giving Up The Gun"
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