Vampire Weekend preps debut


NEW YORK -- With U.S. and European tours already under its belt, New York buzz band Vampire Weekend has something else to celebrate: its long-awaited self-titled debut hits stores Jan. 29 via XL Recordings.

The 11-song set was mostly culled from sessions the group did in early 2007 with the intent to circulate the material to labels. Two new songs, "M79" and "I Stand Corrected" were recorded and added to the final track listing after Vampire Weekend signed with XL.

"I feel like a lot of people have heard of us, starting in the summer, and they've been writing about a speculative way," bassist Chris Baio said. "Maybe they've only heard three MP3s or seen us live. I think we've all been pretty anxious to have it out there."

Vampire Weekend's sound has been likened to the Afro-Caribbean vibe of albums like Paul Simon's "Graceland," and listeners will find it fully present on the debut.

"I think this version represents our full sound," Baio said. "There were some sections where drum parts were changed; some vocals might have been redone, and I re-recorded bass for one song. Little touch-ups (like) that might not make a difference to most listeners but made a difference to us."

Vampire Weekend will launch a U.S. tour in the spring, including a few Southeast dates with the Walkmen. And though much of the first half of this year is mapped out, Baio said the group is already plotting its next album.

"We've had most of these songs out for over a year," he pointed out. "We have one full new song that we play live that's going to be on the next album. Maybe (we'll) do an EP in between the two albums. We just need to figure out what our tour commitments are. We've definitely been talking about (recording), though."

Here is the track list for "Vampire Weekend":

"Mansard Roof"
"Oxford Comma"
"Cap Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
"One (Blake's Got a New Face)"
"I Stand Corrected"
"The Kids Don't Stand a Chance"