The album has been mixed and mastered and is set for release this spring. VanWyngarden said that some songs on it are about the duo’s reaction to fame. He admitted that as the band found success they became “the people we were making fun of” on 2007 debut album ‘Oracular Spectacular’.
“We were a group of guys in their mid-20s touring around the world and of course we are going to party. But after a while we all learned that you can’t just keep doing that over and over, and the new record addresses those issues,” VanWyngarden told Spin.com.
“On some of the new songs, I found myself thinking about Lady Gaga or Kanye West, and what their ultimate goal is,” he added. “This sounds cheesy, but for us it’s really just about the music and getting people to hear what we have to say. I’m sure it’s about the music for those people, too… but fame… it’s an interesting career.”
VanWyngarden also spoke about his love of surfing, which he says is another central theme on ‘Congratulations’, particularly on the song ‘Siberian Breaks’.
“I try to do it [surf] whenever I can. I’m going to Costa Rica to surf this Sunday. I love it and it’s definitely a theme on ‘Congratulations’. There’s one song called ‘Siberian Breaks’, and it’s about 12 minutes long. It’s kind of like eight different songs strung together into one, and the general theme is about surfing in the Arctic Circle by Russia.”