Vampire Weekend Set to Release ‘Modern Vampires of the City,’ Spring Tour
Vampire Weekend will tour this spring in support of their upcoming third album.
Modern Vampires of the City will be released May 7, but the boys in the band will hit the road before the record is officially on the shelves. First off is a stop at Austin’s SXSW March 13-16, and then the New York band will spend the last half of April in California, playing Coachella April 14 and April 21, and performing headlining shows in Davis and Oakland in the week between the festival performances.
Then it’s off to London for a show at the Troxy on May 8 and then a show at the Casino De Paris in Paris on May 10. On this side of the pond, the group will play the Agganis Arena in Boston on May 15 and will continue to tour throughout the rest of the month, ending with a show at the Keller Auditorium in Portland, Oregon on May 23.
The group also revealed Modern Vampires of the City will contain 12 tracks, including “Unbelievers,” which was played on an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last October. The album also has a song called “Ya Hey,” which can probably be assumed to be a nod to Outkast.
The album will be the first the band has released since 2010’s Contra debuted at number one on the Billboard 200 albums chart. Nielsen SoundScan reports the group has sold almost 1.2 million copies of its two albums, including the 2008 self-titled debut.
Vampire Weekend revealed the album news cryptically by posting “NYT classifieds…” on its official Twitter account yesterday. The announcement of the name of the album was then included in the paper’s “Notices & Lost and Found” section.
There’s been no official word yet as to whether the band plans to release more tour dates, but the band has been known for fairly extensive tours in the past, so it’s probably unlikely the group would get off the road the same month its album is released.