What better way to kick off the unofficial start of summer than sweating alongside a sold out crowd at the Diamond Ballroom?
Although it has been more than a year since the New York City quartet released its third and finest album “Modern Vampires of the City,” the enthusiasm inside the venue was palpable. The response for songs off of the band’s 2007 debut were especially celebrated. That came as a bit of a surprise. As fantastically practiced as those songs are at nearly 10 years later, the real highlights were the band’s latest offerings. “Diane Young” and “Ya Hey” are polar opposites on “Modern Vampires” but were approached with equal vigor. Vampire Weekend managed to flex the newer, dynamic tracks like the band has been playing them for years.
The Diamond Ballroom’s ventilation was severely lacking, but a majority of the crowd stuck around for the show’s entirety and filled the front row.
I even noticed a patron with a water bottle wedged in the back of her pants to help battle the warmth. No matter the heat, Vampire Weekend knocked out more than 20 tracks in a matter of a couple of hours.
The band’s catalog is surprisingly deep, and the quartet showed no signs of tour fatigue as they often blended the ending of songs straight into the intro of another. Seamless, exciting and on point. My only complaint is how long it took the band to make it into OKC. Don’t be strangers, VW.