4:24 pm - 05/29/2014

Vampire Weekend Talks Trilogy, New Music & 'Last U.S. Tour for a Minute'

It's early yet, but there's a possibility that Vampire Weekend's fourth album will start a new era of sorts for the New York quartet.

As it prepares to hit the road again May 31 to support its third album, 2013's Grammy Award-winning "Modern Vampires of the City," percussionist Chris Tomson tells Billboard that the group "sort of wanted to make these first three (albums) some sort of trilogy. I think we knew when our first album came out we thought it would be cool if someone bought our three records and put them on a bookshelf, one-two-three, they would look connected and look like something that was part of a continued whole."

Tomson adds that frontman and lyricist Ezra Koenig "sees similarities and connections" between the songs on those albums, though not necessarily by specific design.

That said, Tomson isn't quite ready to predict where Vampire Weekend's next album will take the group. "I think it's too early to talk about it," he explains. "When you're in the midst of touring, as we've been for the last 16 months, it's really hard to think about conceptualizing something (new). We've talked about very, very umbrella ideas, but I think like the last three it'll take shape as it takes shape. I think we'll sort of wait and see how it develops before we decide anything."

Tomson adds that the group has "a couple more tours to go before we can press the rest button." Its next swing through North America, which begins May 31 in Houston and includes appearances at the Governors Ball Music Festival and the Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival, "will be our last U.S. tour for a minute, probably on this record," according to Tomson. Vampire Weekend is booked for the Reading and Leeds festivals during August in the U.K. and will be adding more overseas dates to its itinerary.

"I think we're excited to get back out there," Tomson says. "It's been fun over the course of the past year and a half to mix in these new ('Modern Vampires...') songs. We've, I think, come up with a good mix of the three records and tempos and vibes, and I think we're excited to get back out there. We haven't integrated true pyrotechnics or anything like that. I think this (tour) has been the most (stage) production we've had, but even then it's certainly not a Def Leppard-style production.

But we definitely take a lot of care and thought into what the stage looks like. We want it to be vibey. We don't want it to be four dudes who come on stage and play some songs; we understand it's an experience, and the visual is a big part of it and it's not just how we play or the audio component. So it's definitely a production, but I wouldn't say it's too crazy as of yet."

invisible_cunt 29th-May-2014 02:43 pm (UTC)
i want ezra to take awesome selfies while doing sexual things with me
widows 29th-May-2014 09:53 pm (UTC)
i can't believe i regularly fangirl over a man who wears camo shorts with embroidered dogs on them but this is my life now
reasontorhyme 29th-May-2014 02:46 pm (UTC)
cageyb 29th-May-2014 02:47 pm (UTC)
King Rostam.
la_petite_singe 29th-May-2014 02:48 pm (UTC)
And now, a reading from the Book of Koenig:

reasontorhyme 29th-May-2014 02:51 pm (UTC)
bloolikejazz 29th-May-2014 03:00 pm (UTC)
*Herr König

bless his light!
sbenner 29th-May-2014 03:59 pm (UTC)
Amen. Blessed be
ophiodeiros 29th-May-2014 04:26 pm (UTC)
his babar the elephant twitter header makes me feel our childhoods are somewhat spiritually connected
moonbby 29th-May-2014 04:51 pm (UTC)
i remember when i first discovered his twitter and it was like suddenly the weirdness of their lyrics made sense to me
toilandblood 29th-May-2014 08:42 pm (UTC)
I love his twitter
bloolikejazz 29th-May-2014 03:02 pm (UTC)
they're really really good live! probably the only band i saw so far that sounds better live than on the record. i really wish the came to london instead of freaking reading.
also one time i met ezra in china town nyc, had a fangirl meltdown, and now i need a 2nd chance to redeem myself.
__papillon 29th-May-2014 03:05 pm (UTC)
i really wanna see them again, i love the 3rd album and i wanna hear them perform step live.
swimdeeps 29th-May-2014 04:25 pm (UTC)
Yes they need to come back to London! I still have withdrawals from November

juniorquincy 29th-May-2014 03:09 pm (UTC)
i like them but don't get why everyone is so far up their asses? their music is good but their attention is so extra.
ophiodeiros 29th-May-2014 03:21 pm (UTC)
idk for some strange reason their hype never died. i don't mind, 99% of their video interviews are very funny and the nice kind of trollish, it'd be awful if they were as pretentious as some other (faux)indie artists so i'm not mad.
bungalowtick 29th-May-2014 03:37 pm (UTC)
the singer is funny
adorealire 29th-May-2014 04:14 pm (UTC)
They're a really good band, and the they're really funny and just really chill. The lead singer is hilarious on twitter too. And they're very good live. Like there's nothing to hate about them I guess
loveumbrella 29th-May-2014 03:28 pm (UTC)
how about u come to northern Europe

how about that
theupperdrive 29th-May-2014 03:32 pm (UTC)
MAN i've always known about them but i've never really payed attention to them

this the 1st video full video I saw of them

lmao THE preeminent Ezra of HIS TIME!!!!! Bless him <3
bloolikejazz 29th-May-2014 03:50 pm (UTC)
i like his nyc/north nj accent it does things to me
chris t is actually really hot i wish he'd let his beauty shine
theupperdrive 29th-May-2014 03:55 pm (UTC)
yeahhhh CT looks like a mountain man lol
chuk_is_dazzled 29th-May-2014 03:34 pm (UTC)
theyre gonna be at free press summer festival in houston and i didnt even know :( i wasnt going anyway lol but i so want to go one year since its close by
ilarer 29th-May-2014 03:43 pm (UTC)

ezzykoenig 29th-May-2014 04:04 pm (UTC)
i didn't get tickets bc i thought i would be out of town but now i won't be smh
geneforrester 29th-May-2014 09:48 pm (UTC)
i'm seeing them in a few weeks and i'm so excited
widows 29th-May-2014 09:49 pm (UTC)
i'm going to see them next week!!!! (ノ◕ヮ◕)ノ*:・゚
prophecypro 30th-May-2014 06:58 pm (UTC)
Need more new music from them
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