How did the Vampire Weekend come about

Vampire Weekend bring out their third album

Vienna / New York - The US band Vampire Weekend released their third album "Modern Vampires Of The City" (Indigo), at the same time the end of a trilogy that sounds a little different than its predecessor. The previously characteristic Afrobeat no longer dominates, church organs, deep basses and Latin choirs provide new elements.

The cover features a 1966 photo of Neal Boenzi. It shows New York City on the smog-richest day in the city's history. "When people ask me today why we call the record 'darker', I always say that we call it 'dark chocolate', more elegant than milk chocolate," said singer and guitarist Ezra Koenig.

Unpopular term "Americana"

In retrospect, it was "perhaps a mistake" to announce the current musical work as "darker" in advance, says Koenig. "The truth is that there are some dark moments on this album. We may have experienced a few new moods. Now I realize that doesn't tell the whole story." You really can't make it easy for yourself to describe the production. After the strong African influence, this time it comes more from the tradition of the own country.

However, Koenig does not want to allow the "Americana" genre. "If you only hear this boring Americana stuff, you inevitably imagine America as a damn boring country," the musician told Rolling Stone. "Our musical history is so rich and so weird, so diverse and weird, there are many great styles and traditions to draw on."

The history

Vampire Weekend came out in early 2008 with their self-titled debut, indie rock met Senegalese reggae and rumbas, among others. "Contra" continued the innovative blend in 2010; as with the debut, five songs were released as singles. For "Modern Vampires Of The City" the quartet went to studios in Martha's Vineyard, an island near Massachusetts, and New York. The drums and bass were later recorded analogously in Los Angeles in the oldest studio on the West Coast. In addition, they experimented with rather unusual recording techniques, some parts of the songs were created in apartments.

"Some think Vampire Weekend is all about this very happy and funny stuff," Koenig said. "These people never really heard our other side." The artist referred to the new song "Hudson", "a very scary piece in a minor key". "A song like that wouldn't have fit on our first record." Postscript: "Of course it wouldn't be a Vampire Weekend album if it weren't for moments full of energy and joy." (APA,, May 12, 2013)