Vampire Weekend played a killer set to close out Governors Ball on Sunday, June 8th.
The stage looked like a mansion belonging to a character in a Wes Anderson film. There were columns surrounding the band, a massive floral backdrop and a giant screen in the shape of a round mirror hanging from above.
They opened their set with the chaotic "Dianne Young" from last year's excellent Modern Vampires of the City. Multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij sang with a deep voice modifier, adding to the craziness.
The band got everyone dancing, especially during "A-Punk," which Ezra Koenig said was "easy to dance to." Bassist Chris Baio shook his ass during the entire performance. The jumbotron often zoomed in at his butt, as he constantly shook it to the groove. He windmilled his bass like Pete Townsend, and jumped around like a maniac and thrusted his hips to every single song, even the slow ones.
Since Outkast performed "Hey Ya" on the same stage two days earlier, it's only fitting that the headliners of the final night played "Ya Hey." On the bridge, Koenig recited, "Outside the tents, on the festival grounds as the air began to cool, and the sun went down." The crowd went crazy hearing this in such an appropriate context. Rastam's voice was pitched higher to sound like a chipmunk, singing, "Ut deo, ya hey," giving the song an element of surrealism.
One of the show's highlights was the performance of "Ladies Of Cambridge," an obscure cut from the early days of the band which only made it to the Japanese version of their debut album. It's a swing-punk tune brimming with drum fills and false endings. The band's abrupt cut to silence was greeted with applause, before jumping back into a somber middle section. Koenig's soft voice was accompanied only by an organ. The band stopped once more, as the crowed launched back into applause, only to be fooled again.
On the band's encore, Koenig told the audience he wanted everyone to sing along. Just then, Kool and the Gang's "Hollywood Swinging" was played on the PA. For a second, it seemed that Vampire Weekend were about to bust out the hip hop classic "Let Me Clear My Throat." Instead, they performed the call and response "One (Blake's Got A New Face)."
They ended their show with "Walcott." The song has Koenig singing, "Don't you wanna get out of Cape Cod, out of Cape Cod tonight?" making it an appropriate song to leave to.
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Vampire Weekend Live at Governors Ball 6.8.2014
Vampire Weekend Live at Governors Ball 6.8.2014 Setlist:
"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"
"Ladies Of Cambridge"
"Giving Up The Gun"
"One (Blake's Got A New Face)"