Vampire Weekend at Comerica Theatre, 9/27/13

Categories: Last Night

Melissa Fossum
Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend
Comerica Theatre
Friday, September 27, 2013

Last night's show was just about everything a Friday night show should be: Vampire Weekend was on point and performed a great selection of songs that didn't neglect its debut album. The crowd was into it--if the majority of the seated area is on its feet, you know something is done right. And most of all--it was fun.

Melissa Fossum
Vampire Weekend was energetic right off the bat, opening with "Cousins," which transitioned straight into "White Sky," a technique that was employed a few times. "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" was good for dancing, with the crowd echoing back the chorus.

All four members of the band were entertaining to watch, from singer/guitarist Ezra Koening's charm to bassist/back-up vocalist Chris Baio's cool dance moves. Drummer Chris Tomson effortlessly moved from drums to miscellaneous percussion below a large mirror that reflected the first few rows of the crowd.

The first Modern Vampires of the City track was "Diane Young," which was embraced just as well as a song like "A-Punk." The band's most recent album is well-received, if the audience's response to songs like "Ya Hey" is any evidence.

Melissa Fossum
Ezra stuck to business and kept the stage banter to a minimum, which was great, given the band's hour and 15 minute set. He remarked that this is the largest crowd the band has performed in front of in Phoenix--which is true. (The last time Vampire Weekend was in town was at Marquee Theatre in support of Contra.)

I got fairly close to the stage for both shows, so I can't compare them all that well, but in my experience, Vampire Weekend draws a good crowd. Both times, I ended up dancing in a big group of strangers. The rest of the theater seemed to have the same idea--as the venue was illuminated during "Walcott," I turned around to see a sea of people at their feet. I turned back to see crowd surfers effortlessly float through the crowd. Koening warned that it was the band's last song, saying it was fitting since the song is about leaving.

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The performance was spot on and very good from a technical standpoint - I was really surprised that Ezra could sing the sped-up lyrics to California English so well live.  That said, it could've used some more improvisation and originality, since I felt almost like I was listening to an album.  I wished they had talked to the crowd and moved around a bit more - the bassist was the only person who was really animated, and it made the performance feel sterile.  The set decorations were a bit weird, to...were they trying to enhance or parody their reputation for being pompous and privileged?

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