Top row, from left: Chris Baio (bass), Kris Chen (XL Recordings), Ezra Koenig (vocals/guitar), Rostam Batmanglij (keyboards/vocals) and chief mastering engineer Emily Lazar. Bottom row, from left: Christopher Tomson (drums) and assistant mastering engineer Joe LaPorta.
Emerging indie band Vampire Weekend, which is signed to the XL Recordings label, recently completed the final touches on their self-titled debut album at New York City mastering facility The Lodge. The album was mastered by Emily Lazar, The Lodge’s chief mastering engineer, and assisted by Joe LaPorta, prior to the band’s fall 2007 European/North American tour.
The album was recorded, mixed and produced by the band’s keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij in a variety of locations, including a radio station. The album is slated for a late January 2008 release.
“It’s been such an honor working with Vampire Weekend and I would be thrilled to work with them again,” says Lazar. ”Putting a record together is such a massive undertaking, and it’s refreshing to see bands recording and producing the entire thing.”
Vampire Weekend formed in early 2006 at Columbia University, offering a blend of African-based rhythms, infectious hooks and the band's self-proclaimed “Upper West Side Soweto Style" for campus literary societies and parties. Their influences vary from Afro-pop to Western classical music, and their music has been mentioned in the New York Times and Nylon magazine.
In a recent Rolling Stone magazine interview, Coldplay front man Chris Martin mentioned the band, citing their song “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa” as one to look out for.