Now that it is September, pretty much all students are back in school. It is still summer in mindset, but the stack of textbooks on your floor says otherwise. However, amid all the studying and exams and rough Friday mornings from staying out too late on Thursday, some pretty great music comes out of that old college grind.
Here are some of our favorite songs from bands that formed while the members were in college.
‘Say When’ by Jukebox The Ghost
The guys in Jukebox the Ghost formed in 2003 while the members were attending George Washington University. After a name change and a brief hiatus, they released their debut album Let Live and Let Ghosts in 2008. Their fourth studio album is out in October.
‘Step] by Vampire Weekend
The guys behind the critically acclaimed 2013 Modern Vampires of the City got their start on a college campus. An Ivy League one. Columbia to be exact. Ezra Koenig and Chris Tomson started a “very serious” rap duo before bringing on Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Baio to form Vampire Weekend. They released their self-titled debut in 2008 following their graduation.
‘I’m Not Coming to Your Party Girl’ by 3OH!3
This duo met at University of Colorado where they studied things that had nothing to do with music and got really good grades. Their debut was released in 2007, and last month they announced that they were working on a fifth studio album.
‘The Sound of Settling’ by Death Cab for Cutie
Although Ben Gibbard started as a solo artist releasing music under the moniker All-Time Quarterback before switching the name to Death Cab for Cutie, it wasn’t until he enlisted some of his buddies at Western Washington University to join him that he found his success. The rest as they say is history…201.
‘Can You Tell’ by Ra Ra Riot
Syracuse grads Ra Ra Riot formed in 2006 and started gaining some buzz after playing the CMJ Music Marathon just six months after forming as a band. They released their third studio album Beta Love last year.
‘On the Other Side’ by The Strokes
Yep, Albert Hammond Jr. shared an apartment with Julian Casablancas while he was attending NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts. The two started making music together and with the help of Nikolai, Nick and Fab, they became one of the most influential bands of the 2000s.
‘Every Other Freckle’ by alt-j
The lads formed at Leeds University in 2007 and started producing music in their dorm rooms. Their unique sound comes from the fact that in the residence halls, they had to be relatively quiet, so they didn’t use bass guitars or bass drums. Their debut An Awesome Wave was a huge hit when it was released in 2012. A follow up is due out this fall.