Vampire Weekend have been slowly dropping breadcrumbs for fans about their highly anticipated fourth album for over a year, but it seems we are finally approaching the finish line.
To catch you up, in March of 2017, frontman Ezra Koenig took to Instagram to give a few details about their progress on the project, revealing that the working title was Mitsubishi Macchiato. That September, he responded to a fan’s tweet, revealing that the album was “80% done but the last 20% is always the hardest.”
Toward the end of the year, Koenig provided even more insight in an interview where he cited Kanye West and Kacey Musgraves as influences on the album, and spoke about collaborating with former member Rostam Batmanglij even after he left the group to pursue a solo career. In January of this year, the band announced they would headline the U.K.’s End of the Road Festival this fall.
Then, last week, the band made a return to Instagram—the account had two posts and had not been used since 2013. Now aside from posting fuzzy sweaters and a hilarious Seinfeld meme, the band has used the account to announce what will be their first live concerts in four years with two back-to-back live shows in Ojai, Calif. over Fathers Day Weekend. In the caption, the group mentioned it is “probably worth catching both” their Saturday night and Sunday morning shows, so it is safe to assume that the two shows may each unveil new music.
The band has also been responding to fan comments on Instagram, which is how they revealed that their follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of The City is “94.5%” finished, as Stereogum first observed.
They have yet to announce a release date or any concrete details about the forthcoming LP, but it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer.
See Vampire Weekend’s IG post below and revisit their 2007 Daytrotter Session further down.
On sale this Friday, June 1st at 10 AM PT. We’re playing two shows in Ojai this Father’s Day Weekend at the beautiful Libbey Bowl. One’s on Saturday night, the other’s Sunday morning. Probably worth catching both . Richard Pictures (featuring Time Crisis’ Jake Longstreth for all the TC Heads) is opening at both shows. Tickets at vampireweekend.com
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