Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig confirms band are ‘gearing up to start working on another album’

Frontman suggests fourth album will be the start of a new era for the US band

Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has given fans an update on the band’s next album.

The US group released their third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ in 2013. Since then members of the band have pursued collaborative projects outside of the group, most notably Koenig working with Karen O and Major Lazer while Rostam Batmanglij has been in the studio with Charli XCX among others.

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Speaking in a new interview, the lead singer said a fourth Vampire Weekend album will happen, though an arrival date is some way off: “Right now we’re definitely gearing up to start working on another album but, we’re not in a zone of like getting in there everyday or anything. There have been discussions, of course there’s…in some ways, you know, we’re always working,” he said.

Koenig also suggested that older material that was deemed not right for previous albums could make its way onto album number four. “There are songs that are left over, not to diminish them, but songs that just weren’t quite right for the last album that I’m very excited about for the next album, so you know there’s little demos that I kind of listen to everyday.”

Elsewhere in the interview with the No Effects podcast, Koenig said that he’s in no rush to release the new album and sees it as herlading a new period for the band when it does arrive.

“In some ways those three albums was like kind of one massive period of obsessing, making music, touring, all those things,” he said. “And I think now for the first time in a long time I kinda feel like, a little bit more relaxed like ‘Yeah we’ll definitely make a fourth album.’ I’m not in a rush to dive into making an album because I feel like I want the next album to kinda feel like a new era anyway, so I’ve been kind of enjoying this time just chilling.”

Vampire Weekend bass player Chris Baio recently confirmed details of his debut solo album. Working under the name Baio, the as yet unnamed album will be released in the summer via Glassnote. It follows on from 2012’s ‘Sunburn EP’ and 2013’s ‘Mira EP’.