Vampire Weekend played five new songs at a Lollapalooza aftershow last night (August 5), according to reports.
The band have been recording their fourth album, which has the working title ‘Mitsubishi Macchiato’, recently. The record is the follow-up to 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires Of The City‘.
Vampire Weekend performed at Chicago’s Metro venue last night after performing at the festival on Saturday (August 4). According to reports, frontman Ezra Koenig began the encore by sitting on a speaker and playing four new songs off his phone through an aux cable.
Afterward, the rest of the band joined him to play another unknown new song live. A phone ban was in place at the show, which meant no one was able to record the tracks. However, one fan did post on Reddit, saying: “The new stuff was very cool and def good but looking forward to hearing it on good headphones. Last song he played was my favourite easily.
“The best way I could describe the sound is a more spacey and empty sounding record, almost reminiscent of [Fleet Foxes’] ‘Crack Up’ in parts, but VERY bright and sunny – a summertime sound with almost a protest song sound vibe to them (no political lyrics I heard or anything like that), and then big dense flashes of instrumentation with heavy percussion and a slick, almost sexy taste of ’70s funk licks. Going to be an interesting record.”
Another fan suggested the “aesthetic” for the new music was more like Lily Allen’s ‘My One’, noting Koenig had contributed to the writing of that song.
Elsewhere in the set, the New York group covered Thin Lizzy‘s ‘The Boys Are Back In Town’ and bassist Baio’s solo track, ‘Sister Of Pearl’.
During Vampire Weekend’s main set at Lollapalooza, Koenig confirmed the fourth album is done. “I mean, we’re mastering it but it’s done,” he said. “More on that to come – in the meantime, just enjoy the rest of your summer.”