Picks and Pans Review: Vampire Weekend the Band You Need to Know
updated 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
•originally published 03/24/2008 AT 01:00 AM EDT
ON BECOMING BIG MEN ON CAMPUS We were all friends in college—we were jocks. No, not really! Our first six months [in 2006] we mostly played campus events and parties. It was hard to tell [if people liked us] because they were our friends, and people were totally drunk.
ON THEIR BAND NAME One summer I started making a movie inspired by The Lost Boys called Vampire Weekend. And the band just decided to take the name.
ON THEIR CAREER PATH We all had these kind of limited liberal-arts educations which don't necessarily spell out any particular job. [After graduation] I was working as a teacher, and we decided we should start touring and just go for it.
On THEIR COOL RIDE The first tour we scraped together enough money to buy a used minivan. So we could just barely pack all of our equipment and the four of us into the four seats. Like we couldn't even bring a friend with us. This was just a couple of weeks ago!