Boardwalk Empire actor Steve Buscemi met New York band Vampire Weekend for the first time, to discuss their upcoming collaboration for American Express' Upstaged concerts. Buscemi will direct a live stream of the quartet's upcoming show in NYC, taking place at the Roseland Ballroom on Sunday April 28, 2013.
Clearly, it made sense for Buscemi and the band to meet ahead of the show, to discuss their plans, however, things went a little weird when the actor told the bewildered rockers that he didn't understand the songs. "I think what you guys do is really smart and it's very catchy, which I like, but I don't always understand the songs, to be honest," Buscemi tells the band in just one of several awkward exchanges. "And I'm wondering, is this something that you talk about, like, 'Let's try and write a song that people can understand'?"
"Don't get me wrong, sometimes I think I know what they mean or I'm listening to the lyrics and then you go, 'Peter Gabriel, too' or like 'Louis Vuitton' out of nowhere and I'm lost," he added, "Some of the references I don't get at all and I have to look it up. And I'm just wondering, if you think the songs were more accessible, you might have a bigger following?"
HAHA. Basically the whole thing was a funny comedy skit. It has to have been. It definitely was. But it was great.
Vampire Weekend's new album Modern Vampires of the City is due out on May 14, 2013.