Vampire Weekend are reportedly planning to drop a new album midway through next year.
The New York City band are said to be signing a new record deal with Columbia, a division of major label Columbia, after fulfilling their previous contract with British indie XL.
According to industry website Hit Daily Double, the band’s frontman Ezra Koenig has “hit it off” with Columbia boss Rob Stringer. The album is reportedly slated for release in “Q2 or Q3” next year, suggesting it will drop some time between April and September.
The band’s last album, ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’, came out in 2013. It debuted at Number One in the US and Number One in the UK. Multi-instrumentalist Rostam Batmanglij left the band earlier this year, reducing Vampire Weekend’s lineup to a trio.
It was previously reported that Vampire Weekend were in the early stages of preparation for their next album. Band member Chris Baio said at the NME Awards in February: “Right now I think it’s early days. I haven’t actually done any work on the next Vampire Weekend record, but I’m really looking forward to it.”
They last played live in April at a rally for US Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders.
Meanwhile, band member Chris Tomson has recently announced a solo project titled Dams Of The West.