Review: Vampire Weekend Big Day Out side show in Sydney
With the band’s third studio album on its way this May - announced only a day before this side show - the eager audience had yet another reason to get excited and bounce along to the Caribbean-inspired melodies.
The band members walked out on stage to booming cheers and applause before launching into ‘Cousins’ which got the whole crowd bopping along, shortly before the spunky guitar intro to the band’s hit ‘A-Punk’ had the Metro’s floor moving and shaking beneath your feet, a sea of bodies jumping around.
Lead vocalist Ezra Koenig welcomed the Sydney crowd, going on to let us know he’s feeling the heat from the Aussie sun. Koenig claims it was the “hottest day ever” when reminiscing on his Big Day Out experience in Sydney last Friday.
The audience was treated to a brand new track from the band’s forthcoming album that had everyone clapping along, the fresh tune causing fans to fall in love all over again with the New York City foursome.
The set featured some intense strobe lighting during ‘Giving Up The Gun,’ a commanding drum solo in ‘Horchata’ and Koenig’s impressive vocal gymnastics in ‘California English.’
After leaving the stage, the band soon grooved back on to the crowd’s non-stop applause. “Always a pleasure,” Koenig told the Sydney crowd before playing some debut album favourites, ‘One (Blake’s Got A New Face)’ and ‘Mansard Roof.’
The band finished with a little tradition of theirs which is to end all their gigs with ‘Walcott’ - it’s their “goodbye song” which they performed with energy and passion.
Make sure you catch Vampire Weekend on the remaining stops of the Big Day Out tour or, if you’ve missed your chance, join us in eagerly awaiting the band’s next album due out May 7th.
Written by Dan Morrison