By Steve Weinstein
By Bryan Bierman
By Lindsey Rhoades
By Chaz Kangas
By Ben Westhoff and Sarah Purkrabek
By Jena Ardell
By Jesse Sendejas Jr.
By Katherine Turman
Sitting in a Lower East Side Mexican restaurant, the guys don't seem comfortable with the whole interview thingthey're new to the grind. So, to better figure them out, why not consult one of the last bastions of truth: Facebook profiles! Koenig, who talks the most and comes off like a young Rivers Cuomo, wisely keeps his private. But for the others, it's open season. Keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij loves Day-Glo hip-hop hoodies and any TV show that "takes place in New York in the '80s." Tall, lanky, and eloquent, Chris Tomson is tagged as the band's drummer, treasurer, and "team dad"; bassist Chris Baio jokingly describes his internship at a record label as "living off the fat of the land."
The future of this band all rests on this summer: They've embarked on their first nationwide tour, sharing bills with acts like Tokyo Police Club, Shout Out Louds, and Ra Ra Riot. What's impressive is that they did most of the preparations themselves, including filling out the proper tax forms to become incorporated and buy a van. This is a feat, considering that most start-up touring acts can't even find a place to sleep. So how'd they do it? "We did some research and stuff," Koenig coyly replies. Smart-asses.
Vampire Weekend perform at the East River Music Project August 11,ermp.org