Everyone’s done it. You’re sitting around, bored in the dorm with your best buddy. There’s a guitar and some band name ideas that you don’t write down. Whenever this happens, neither person can ever play drums, but that doesn’t matter since you know you can make beats with technology – that’s how they do it in hip-hop. Now most times, the project fizzles from there – after all, there are sports and alcohol and girls and you can always just say you’re in a band. Well, these guys actually stuck with it as undergrads at Harvard, and released an album in 2003 where they performed and produced every part (a few friends helped) and later spent an entire year releasing an EP every month. Their songs have been in movies like Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist and No Strings Attached and in ad campaigns for Target.
Basically, Vampire Weekend is just retracing their steps. But Vampire Weekend is kind of a bitch, and you’re cool bringing Bishop Allen around your friends or just staying in. Trust me, it’s easier that way. And it’s fine, we all mellow out a little as we get older and sometimes we’d rather have old friends over to gray-out on wine and all wear outfits, instead of melting into a strange dancefloor’s compact mass and deforming spacetime into a blackout.
Sunny but not too hot:
Click, Click, Click, Click – Bishop Allen
White Chucks and a lettermans jacket with a hardcover book:
The History of Excuses – Bishop Allen