On a humid Wednesday evening at the Fillmore in Miami Beach, WVUM DJ Nicole Spencer saw Vampire Weekend for the first time.
The minute Vampire Weekend graced us with their presence on stage, I found myself fangirling much harder than expected--sincere apologies to the men in front of me who were shielding their ears. Luckily, Vampire Weekend dove right into the first song, "Diane Young" which quickly silenced me. The rest of the setlist was like a perfectly blended organic smoothie of new and old songs which brought back some nostalgia for my younger years (the dark ages). Sweet, upbeat jams filled the space and moved the entire crowd to jump, sing, and maybe even cry, depending on who you were standing next to (me? maybe). Some of my personal favorites were "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa" from Vampire Weekend, "Giving Up the Gun" from Contra, and "Ya Hey" from their latest album, Modern Vampires of the City.
My absolute favorite moment of the concert was when they performed "Hannah Hunt", which was surprising since it is one of their slower jams. The contrast betweeen this song and the lighter songs on the setlist was actually very nice, however. The best part of seeing "Hannah Hunt" live was experience the moment in the song when the instruments pick up towards the end and Ezra Koenig howls the chorus. Simultaneously, Rostam Batmanglij's fingers glided across his keyboard to produce truly heavenly sounds. Listening to this through headphones cannot even compare to seeing the magic happen. It's always extremely cool to see artists get really into their music, but that was angelic. The visuals were absolutely beautiful as well.
Overall, it was really an awesome experience. I appreciate that they carefully selected jams that appealed to new and old Vampire Weekend fans. I also appreciated how kind they were to wild fans who threw Poptarts at Ezra Koenig and hoisted themselves on stage for the sake of stealing a hug from the band members.
It was sweet in every way possible.