VAMPIRE WEEKEND walk off with the Best International Group and Album awards. But given that Wednesday’s ceremony saw a band so increasingly uninteresting as Foo Fighters deemed worthy of those accolades ahead of Arcade Fire, we won’t hold our breathIn a just world, next year’s Brits would see
And yet Vampire Weekend provoke nothing but fabulous optimism. Thanks to the impossibly happy rhythms of their flawless eponymous debut album, they’ve become one of those remarkably rare bands who strike gold on everything they touch.
Somehow four white New York college boys have managed to bring Afrobeat influences to the indie masses – and unlike when Damon Albarn tries the same thing, the listener is not left feeling queasy with pretension.
Their last visit to Scotland in November was as support to The Shins at the Barrowlands and Vampire Weekend loved Glasgow so much they decided to stay and play a free gig at The Beat Club the following night. They’re back in town next week for a low-key show with THE YOUNG KNIVES, who have the daunting task of coming on after the most talked about band of 2008.
b February 28, Classic Grand, Glasgow (tickets)