As Vampire Weekend gear up for the release of their highly anticipated third studio album Modern Vampires of the City, the band have unveiled a lyrical video for brand new track “Ya Hey,” directed by Greg Brunkalla.

Already hailed in a 4.5 star Rolling Stone lead review raving “dark but beautiful… Vampire Weekend have gotten better at just about everything they do… pushing into awesome new directions,” Modern Vampires of the City is scheduled for release May 14 on XL Recordings. The new album is the band’s first full length collection of new material since its gold-certified sophomore album Contra, which debuted at #1 on the Billboard album chart upon its 2010 release.

Vampire Weekend has also confirmed its return to Saturday Night Live: The band will play NBC’s hallowed Studio 8H for the third time on May 11, with host Kristen Wiig.

Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig and Rostam Batmanglij worked more closely than ever on Modern Vampires of the City. Most songs began one of two ways: either with Rostam creating musical beds over which Ezra would lay lyrics and melodies, or with Ezra providing lyrics and melodies around which the instrumental setting for the track would be sculpted. In the summer of 2012, the two traveled to Los Angeles to collaborate with Rostam’s longtime friend Ariel Rechtshaid, who shares production credits on Modern Vampires… marking the first time Rostam has had a co-producer on one of the band’s albums. Bringing along the results of sessions from New York and Martha’s Vineyard, the three began to stride towards realizing the finished album and were later joined by drummer Chris Tomson and bassist Chris Baio. A recently released double A-side single “Diane Young”/”Step”-which can be heard at http://www.vampireweekend.com/-provides a first glimpse into an album flush with grandeur and romanticism evocative of the city where it was conceived. Church organs, deep synth bass, booming drums, choirs chanting in Latin are combined combined with classic Vampire Weekend joyfulness and spry humor, resulting in an album that expands the band’s sonic and intellectual palette into surprising new realms.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND ON TOUR

  • May 2nd, 2013 – The Troxy, London
  • May 15th, 2013 – Agganis Arena, Boston
  • May 16th, 2013 – Sony Center for the Performing Arts, Toronto
  • May 17th, 2013 – The Fillmore, Detroit
  • May 20th, 2013 – Red Rocks Amphitheater, Morrison
  • May 21st, 2013 – Red Butte Garden Amphitheatre, Salt Lake City
  • May 23rd, 2013 – Keller Auditorium, Portland
  • May 24th, 2013 – Sasquatch Music Festival, George
  • May 29th, 2013 – Casino De Paris, Paris
  • June 23rd, 2013 – Firefly Festival, Dover
  • June 26th – 30th – Glastonbury Festival, Pilton
  • June 28th, 2013 – Portsmouth Guildhall, Portsmouth
  • June 29th, 2013 – O2 Academy Bournemouth, Bournemouth
  • July 4th – 7th – Rock Werchter, Werchter
  • July 6th, 2013 – Olympic Park, London
  • July 7th, 2013 – De Werald Draait Buiten, Amsterdam
  • July 9th, 2013 – Poupet Festival, Cholet
  • July 12th, 2013 – Optimus Alive, Lisbon
  • July 13th, 2013 – BBK Live, Bilbao
  • July 14th, 2013 – Musalic Festival, Aix-les-Bains
  • July 19th, 2013 – Gentlemen of the Road Lewes Stopover, Lewes
  • July 20th, 2013 – Longitude Festival, Dublin
  • August 4th, 2013 – Lollapalooza, Chicago
  • August 9th, 2013 – Squamish Music Festival, Squamish
  • August 11th, 2013 -Outside Lands Festival, San Francisco
  • September 20th, 2013 – Barclays Center, Brooklyn
  • September 28th, 2013 – Hollywood Bowl, Los Angeles
  • October 8th, 2013 – Midland Theater, Kansas City
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