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Live review: Vampire Weekend
Hippodrome, Kingston Thursday, January 14
From there, the energy only rises further – new single ‘Cousins’ is a tap-in in front of such rabid fans, while Vocoder-steeped ‘Contra’ cut ‘California English’, which sounds a bit silly on record, all tongue-flick vocals and an unsatisfying stop-start pacing, sounds silly and fun bolstered by 1,100 devotees tongue-flicking along. It’s live performances and songs like these that mean those chart entries will likely soon translate into more gleaming gold and platinum for the trophy cabinet. Backstage, Ezra cheerily dismisses his beery shower as “part of the fun”. Indeed it was – no matter if they’d gone in at Number 86 with a lead balloon, Vampire Weekend were still off the charts tonight.
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