Vampire Weekend bassist Chris Baio has issued an update on his band’s new album, stating that he “can’t wait” to work on the LP.
The New York band released their third album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ in 2013. Since then members of the group have pursued collaborative projects outside of the group, most notably frontman Koenig working with Karen O and Major Lazer. Baio also released a solo album in 2015.
Speaking at the NME Awards 2016 with Austin, Texas at the O2 Academy Brixton on Wednesday night (February 17), Baio said: “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.”
Baio said that while his focus is currently on solo work, he “can’t wait for the next band record”. He added: “I can’t wait to tour it, but there’s still going to be a little bit of time.”
Singer Ezra Koenig recently said that “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.”
Speaking last year, Koenig said a fourth Vampire Weekend album will happen, though an arrival date is some way off. He also suggested that older material that was deemed not right for previous albums could make its way onto album number four.
Guitarist/keyboardist Batmanglij recently announced that he has parted ways with the New York band. He cited desire to develop as a solo artist.
Posting a statement to Twitter, Batmanglij said that while he was “no longer a member” of Vampire Weekend, he would still “continue to collaborate on future projects” and “future Vampire Weekend songs” with frontman Ezra Koenig.
Responding to the news, Chris Baio posted a message to Twitter, describing Batmanglij as “one of the best artists on the planet”. He added: “I am lucky to know him. I’ve heard some incredible new music, can’t wait to hear more.”