Vampire Weekend on new album:"There’s a lot of darkenergy"
Mon 7th Jan, 2013 in Local News
Vampire Weekend have revealed that the band’s new album eschews the ’80s vibe of 2010 hit Contra, describing their forthcoming LP as “lyrically a bit darker [and] a bit spookier.”
Speaking with FL ahead of the Big Day Out tour this January, multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij remained fairly tight-lipped when asked about Vampire Weekend’s highly anticipated third record, however did confirm the band have honed a darker more classic sound on the new recording: “Musically there’s a lot of organic tones. There’s some old sounds that have been around forever, like the sounds that bands in America started with. [It goes] back to the roots of music being recorded or being played in a room by a band,” he explained. “Lyrically it’s a bit darker, a bit spookier at times … it definitely feels more nocturnal than anything we’ve done before.”
When asked whether the new material will retain the upbeat “preppy” sound that came to define their self-titled debut and it’s follow-up Contra, Batmanglij admitted that the new record was much darker than its predecessors, “I think that it’s definitely darker, which is not to say that it’s without energy, but there’s a lot of dark energy.”
He also explained that the band felt a pressure to maintain the high standard set by their last two releases, and consequently avoided rushing out a record last year – something echoed by his bandmate Ezra Koenig over the weekend. “We definitely have a level of excellence to maintain,” he says. “I mean that’s why we didn’t put out a record a year a go, we could have, and it would have been filled with some great songs and some mediocre ones, and we knew that was not the time. So we scrapped a lot of things, which is something we’ve never done.”
The full interview with Rostam will be published on FL this week.
Vampire Weekend sideshow:
Wednesday, January 23 – Metro Theatre, Sydney (18+)
Big Day Out tour
Friday, January 18 – Showgrounds, Sydney
Sunday, January 20 – Parklands, Gold Coast
Friday, January 25 – Showgrounds, Adelaide
Saturday, January 26 – Flemington Racecourse, Melbourne
Monday, January 28 – Claremont Showground, Perth