Despite news that guitarist/keyboard player Rostam Batmanglij left the band last month, things are looking very up for Vampire Weekend.
While speaking at the 2016 NME awards earlier this week, bassist Chris Baio told reporters that a new Vampire Weekend album is in “the early days” of production. This would come as a follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of The City.
“Right now I think it’s early days,” he said. “I haven’t actually done any work on the next Vampire Weekend record, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Baio added.
Since their last album, the members of Vampire Weekend have been preoccupied with solo and collaborative projects, including Ezra Koenig’s project with Karen O and Major Lazer, and Chris Baio’s solo album The Names. Their former member, Batmanglij has been busy working on solo projects, as well collaborating with the likes of Charlie XCX and Kid Kudi.
Baio is enthusiastic to get back to work with the project, saying “I can’t wait for the next band record. I can’t wait to tour it, but there’s still going to be a little bit of time.”
While there’s not much more information about the new album, in an Instagram post, Koenig gave an update after Batmanglij’s depature:
“For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it’s all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato‘… for obvious reasons.”
Mitsubishi Macchiato, so there you have it.
Check out Chris Baio’s Collective Arts Black Box performance of “Sister of Pearl” below:
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