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Vampire Weekend

Music Project
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Thalia Hare

on 22 January 2013

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Vampire Weekend is an indie rock/pop band, though they are very influenced by African and punk music. They formed in New York in 2006. It has four members: Ezra Koenig as lead singer and guitarist, Rostam Batmanglij who plays the keyboard, guitar, and also does vocals, Chris Tomson on the drums, and Chris Baio the bass guitarist. Some of their most popular songs are "A punk", "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", "Holiday", "M79", "Horchata" and "White Sky" Chris Tomson Chris Tomson was born March 6, 1984 in New York City. He grew up in Upper Freehold Township in New Jersey on a farm. His father is an engineer and his mother is an administrator. He loves soccer and photography. When he went to Columbia University he studied economics and music. Once in 2008 he was victim of a hit and run in London and had to be taken to the hospital for neck injuries, but received no important lasting damages. By: Thalia Hare
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1/17/13 Vampire Weekend Ezra Koenig Ezra was born on April 8, 1984 in New York City, though he grew up mostly in Northern New Jersey. His family originally came from Eastern Europe before moving to the US and is Jewish. His mom (Bobby Bass) was a psychotherapist and his dad (Robin Koenig) was a "lead man" which means that he worked for the art director on movies and TV shows. When Ezra was around ten or eleven he started composing songs and music. His first song was entitled "Bad Birthday Party". He went to Glen Ridge High School in New Jersey. Then he majored in English literature at Columbia University. He has one younger sister who's name is Emma Koenig. He is now almost 29. Chris Baio Chris Baio grew up in Bronxville, New York. His birthday is October 29, 1984. He has always been interested in music since childhood. A couple of the bands he liked were Cracker, and The Pixies. He has dreamed of playing music since he was 13. Bronxville High School helped him alot because he got to play in lots of bands and musicals there. When he left high school he went to Columbia University where he met the other guys in the band who were a year ahead of him. Before he was in VW he was a DJ. He has one sister (Al Baio) who is an artist and does some art for the band sometimes. Vampire Weekend About The Band Ezra Koenig Chris Baio Rostam Batmanlij Chris Tomson Rostam Batmanglij Rostam is 29 years old and was born in Washington D.C. on November 28, 1983. His mother is Najmieh Batmanglij, a Persian cookbook author and his father is a publisher. His family is from Iran and moved to the US the year Rostam was born. He has a brother named Zal with whom he recently made a film. He wasn't in any bands or anything in high school. He preferred to work alone. He went to Columbia University where he majored in music. He is the only gay member in the band, plays many instruments, and writes some of Vampire Weekends songs. Biography As they were concluding thier studies at Columbia University in early 2006, Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Rostam Batmanglij, and Chris Tomson formed the band Vampire Weekend. The name 'Vampire Weekend" comes from a movie that Ezra started making in his freshman year. The name may have been part of what got them famous because it is so unique. At first they only played at parties and the literary societies at the university, but word quickly spread about the bands interesting sound and one of a kind lyrics. They soon became popular from their early self-released EPs, such as "Oxford Comma". They did not record in a studio, but rather in a variety of places including their dorms. In the summer of 2007 the band made a jump in popularity. They went on a big tour, preformed several times at the CMJ Music Marathon for that year, and that fall they made a deal with XL Records. Their debut for XL was "Mansard Roof", and soon after that in early 2008 they released their first album entitled "Vampire Weekend". After that they spent most of two years traveling, and when they came back, recorded their second and most recent album "Contra" which was released in early 2010. Bibliography http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ezra_Koenig

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