There is no escape from Vampire Weekend at present. Their well-oiled promo machine has kicked into gear, and anyone not on board with Contra, or harboring some familiar doubts about the band, may as well go on vacation. Last night (Jan. 11) they appeared on Conan O’Brien’s show to perform “Cousins” from the album.
It’s the same song the band played on David Letterman’s show last week, with added confetti and psychedelic swirls in the background this time out. A small string section helps the song into life, the band members sound like they’ve been locked in a closet for months rehearsing, and on the Simon Reynolds Contra scale, this one scored a “very very good” rating.