Not So Silent Night: A Decade Past With Vampire Weekend

Looking back before one of their last shows of the year

We often catalog our lives based on Vampire Weekend albums, and it turns out so does Ezra Koenig. Wonder if those 6 years are hazy for him too? Anyway, we caught up with the singer backstage at RADIO.COM and ALT 92.3’s Not So Silent Night in Brooklyn, and took a trip back through the 2010s.

“My most streamed artist of the decade was the Grateful Dead. So shout out to them,” he tells RADIO.COM’s Kevan Kenney. “It’s not surprising just because they have so much music. There’s more to listen to. A lot of minutes there.”

Vampire Weekend made their mark in 2008, but it’s really through the last decade that the band has grown into their own sound, evolving sonically and as songwriters, eventually trading bibliography-driven works for this jangly and jamming new chapter, stopping for a colder coming-of-age along the way.

“Even though we haven’t been prolific we did release three albums in the 2010s. In at the buzzer,” he grins. “The past year, playing the Garden for the first time, that’s huge for a band from New York. I think of everything in terms of the albums. It helps me remember when things happened.”

The latest album, Father Of The Bride, is up for Album of the Year at the 2020 GRAMMY Awards. It’s an idea that’s still settling in for Ezra. “You can’t get too hyped about it because, who knows, but it was nice,” he says modestly. “I’m definitely something of a pessimistic person, so when people were calling me the day of and were like, ‘how do you feel?’ The first thought was, ‘I’m glad we’re not not nominated.' Cause then I’d be like, thinking about it.”

Fast-forward to GRAMMY night, if they call Vampire Weekend’s name, what will be Ezra’s first thought?

“First thought will be, Lana Del Rey fans are gonna be mad.”

You can find more of our coverage of RADIO.COM’s Not So Silent Night in New York here.