Pointing out that “today’s indie rock is dominated by upper-middle-class, liberal arts college-educated youths” is much like pointing out that fish often have gills and like water. While I guess I salute Vampire Weekend for not trying to be something they’re not, I gotta say that Talking Heads did the same thing, better, twenty-some years ago. Just because VW fans are somewhat, er, clueless, that doesn’t mean that the band themselves are even remotely “punk”. Fact is, they’re not all that different from (and certainly no more interesting than) the Decemberists. On the other hand, at least those guys are doing their own schtick.
Sheesh. Kids today.