Vampire Weekend Preparing Third Album for Spring 2013
Although a third Vampire Weekend album was in talks in 2012, its tentative release date was revealed recently. Frontman Ezra Koenig spoke with Rolling Stone about the release and why they waited three years between it and their second effort, Contra.
In speaking generally about the record, Koenig told the magazine: "We created some characters on the first record, some of which are real people, some of which are ourselves, so it's not hard to keep following them and see what their concerns are now and how their lives have changed."
Additionally, Koenig goes onto mention, the band didn’t want to put out a release that was not 100-percent up to par. Specifically, they didn’t want to tour for a partially put together record.
Koenig also addressed the speed that a band garners attention online these days. He explained: "Something new comes out and there's a frenzy and then you see how quickly it can all disappear. You can have a year or two based on being of the moment but beyond that, you're only as good as your songs."
The new material, he revealed, is expected to have a “dark” and “organic” sound.
Going slow was also emphasized by bassist Chris Baio earlier this year. At the time, Vampire Weekend had not performed live in about a year and recently finished their show for the Pitchfork Music Festival. Baio, preparing for a solo release titled Sunburn at the time, revealed Vampire Weekend were gradually putting together new music.