When Vampire Weekend sprung forth with their self-title debut album, they seemed to be doing all they could not to make themselves loved by millions. Sporting a polaroid from one of the band’s early gigs at Columbia University, the Ivy leagures dropped songs with names like Oxford Comma, Mansard Roof and Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa into the tracklisting. With all that preppish hipstery going on, and in the context of the rest of the album’s concerted afro-pop hopping, this review comment from The Guardian’s Alexis Petridis isn’t entirely inaccurate:
Powered by the caffeinated post-punk disco beat that seems to have become indie music’s default rhythmic setting, A-Punk is disappointingly commonplace.Alexis Petridis
On the dancefloor at the indie disco on the other hand? Pogoing heaven.