Vampire Weekend is an American indie rock band from New York, formed in 2006 and signed to XL Recordings. the band members are Ezra Koenig (lead vocals, guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboard, guitar, vocals), Chris Tomson (drums), Chris Baio (bass guitar).
Vampire Weekend's name is derived from lead singer Ezra Koenig's amateur film of the same name. The band gained attention via a variety of blogs, such as Stereogum. The band is influenced by both African popular music and Western classical music, describing their genre of music as "Upper West Side Soweto", with such songs as "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" and "Oxford Comma" referencing Congolese soukous music.
The band's debut self-titled album was released January 29, 2008. Four singles were released from the album, "Mansard Roof", "A-Punk", "Oxford Comma" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa", but only "A-Punk" and "Oxford Comma" had any major impact on music charts. A new album is rumored to be released sometime in late 2009 and will apparently feature the song "White Sky."