Vampire Weekend, an American, alternative rock band from New York City, was formed in 2006. After their first album came out on January 29, 2008, Vampire Weekend made their mark in the alternative genre of music.
Their very first album, “Vampire Weekend,” sold over 27,000 copies in the first week of its release in the United States, debuting at number 17 on the Billboard 200.
By January of 2010, they sold nearly half a million copies. On the 11th week on the UK chart, it peaked at number 15.
As the band became more and more popular with their first album, they released their second album, “Contra,” in January of 2010 on XL Recordings. It debuted at number one on the Billboard 200.
With hit songs like “Giving Up the Gun,” “Diplomat’s Son,” “Cousins,” “Run,” and “White Sky,” this new album was an instant hit and reached number 6 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 30 Best Albums of 2010.
These albums, many believe, have nothing on their newest album, “Modern Vampires of the City,” though. After their great success with their past two albums, the band had become recognized worldwide, launching this album straight into the charts.
“Modern Vampires of the City” debuted at number one on the US Billboard 200 on the first week, selling 134,000 copies. This became the band’s second consecutive number-one album, and has been acclaimed by critics.
The album shies away from the theme of privileged youth in favor of characters with adult responsibilities and reflections on the passage of time.
The album begins with the hit song, “Obvious Bicycle,” depicting a man and his feelings of hopelessness, being only a single individual in a vast world.
This theme is conveyed throughout the whole album, aside from the final sing, “Young Lion.” This song is uplifting and closes the album with a positive and hopeful outlook.
“Unbelievers,” “Step,” “Diane Young,” “Don’t Lie,” “Hannah Hunt,” “Everlasting Arms,” “Finger Back,” “Worship You,” “Ya Hey,” and “Hudson” all have catchy, unique, upbeat tunes that differ from the old sound they became known for.
This album was a huge hit and was viewed as their best work yet by listeners. As the band still continues to become more and more popular, the next album is more and more anticipated.