Chris Tomson

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Chris Tomson
Chris Tomson performing with Vampire Weekend in Hamburg, November 2, 2007, the band's first gig in Europe
Background information
Birth nameChristopher William Tomson
Born (1984-03-06) March 6, 1984 (age 34)
OriginUpper Freehold Township, New Jersey, United States
Occupation(s)Musician, drummer
  • Drums
  • percussion
  • vocals
  • guitar
  • piano
Associated actsVampire Weekend, Dams of the West, L'Homme Run

Christopher William "Chris" Tomson (born March 6, 1984)[1] is an American drummer, singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, best known for being the drummer for New York-based indie rock band Vampire Weekend. He is also the lead vocalist and guitarist for a side project called Dams of the West, for which he writes and records the entirety of its music.


Tomson grew up on a farm in the Imlaystown section of Upper Freehold Township, New Jersey, and later recorded parts of Vampire Weekend's first album there.[2] His father is an engineer whose family is of Irish and Ukrainian heritage (he studied abroad in Ireland in college). His mother is an administrator whose family is of English and German heritage. Tomson's full name is Christopher William Tomson. He graduated from the Peddie School as a salutatorian and then from Columbia University where he studied economics and music. Tomson enjoys photography and is an avid soccer fan; his favorite club is Tottenham Hotspur.[3] Tomson is also a huge fan of Phish, The Band, and the Grateful Dead. He now lives in the Greenpoint neighborhood of Brooklyn. In 2008 he was involved in a hit-and-run incident in London after the Shockwaves NME Awards. He was taken to hospital to be treated for neck injuries but was released on February 29 with no notable injuries.[4]

Musical career[edit]

Prior to forming Vampire Weekend, Tomson played with Ezra Koenig in the "serious"[5] rap group called L’Homme Run.[6]

Tomson met the members of Vampire Weekend while attending Columbia University—he took music classes with Rostam Batmanglij and started the group in their senior year. The name of the group comes from the movie of the same name that Ezra Koenig and his friends made over a summer vacation.[7] They self-produced their first album after graduation while concurrently working full-time jobs (Tomson worked as an archivist for a record label). Their second album, Contra, which came out in January 2010 topped the charts in the UK, US, Australia and Canada, and was also self-produced.

In February 2017, Tomson released his first solo album, Youngish American, under the pseudonym Dams of the West.


  1. ^ Danity (2010-03-06). "Birthday Bitches, Bubba Sparxxx Turns 33". Celebrity VIP Lounge. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  2. ^ Daniel, Jayanthi. "A Weekend on the Upper West Side", The New York Sun, June 1, 2007. Accessed August 16, 2012. "The band, which plans to release 1,000 copies of a new EP on June 16 before launching a month-long national tour in July, records its songs on a laptop in friends' basements and at Mr. Tomson's parents' house in Imlaystown, N.J., — not far, as Messrs. Koenig and Baio pointed out separately, from the Six Flags Great Adventure theme park."
  3. ^ "BBC Sport - Mark Lawrenson's predictions". 2013-05-12. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  4. ^ "Vampire Weekend set to leave hospital". Nme.Com. 2008-02-29. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  5. ^ "Video Hits Interview Vampire Weekend". YouTube. 2010-05-13. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  6. ^ "Ezra Koenig". AskMen. 1985-05-26. Archived from the original on 2012-06-04. Retrieved 2013-05-26.
  7. ^ "Vampire Weekend Trailer". Vimeo. 2005-12-20.

External links[edit]

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