February 13th, 2008
It’s hard to really explain the kind of excitement I had in me before Vampire Weekend took the stage last night at the Horseshoe Tavern. Kind of like the feeling you get when you’re a kid at Christmas and you’ve pre-opened your gifts, so you know what treat you’re in for this year. But even so, it could be a bust. All the hype you’ve worked up about your new train set could be an absolute fluke. Not this year.
It was amazing how crowded the small bar could get ten minutes before Vampire Weekend kicked off their show, with not the particular crowd you may have expected. People young and old, hipsters, physics graduates or just your grandpa were there to experience what they had to offer, and I’d like to think no one was let down. The show began the same as the CD with Mansard Roof and I couldn’t imagine it any other way. The dancing began, even the 60+ year old man in front of me was doing his own version of spirit fingers that was hip in the 60s. The audience never missed a beat through the hour long set. By the time A-Punk had started, there wasn’t a still person in the place. Even the wallflowers had to give it up.
Before it was time for the ‘sing along song’ – aka One (Blake’s Got A New Face) – Ezra had a specific question for the crowd. “How many of you have seen us in Toronto before?” and it was outstanding how few people in the crowd had! There couldn’t have been more than a dozen hands in the air, but to be fair, I couldn’t see anyone in the back of the club. And although most of us had never seen Vampire Weekend before, I can assume that most of us will be selling out their next show in Toronto.
They lived up to all the hype and pressure new fans had put on them. In fact, they blew us away. Or at least me!Tweet