Joe GransingerWednesday,6 February 2013

The Snap:

In the midst of a very busy 2013, Vampire Weekend will be releasing their third album “Modern Vampires of the City” on May 6th. They’ll be touring the U.S. during the spring months of the year (including a stop at SXSW), and will also be joining Mumford and Sons, Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes, and the Alabama Shakes for the Gentlemen of the Road Stopover Tour in the summer.

The Download:

Having been featured in movies such as “Step Brothers” and “I Love You, Man,” as well as just about every video game on earth that requires a plastic guitar, Vampire Weekend have received plenty of recognition over the years. It seems as though everyone has heard a Vampire Weekend song without actually knowing it. I can’t count how many times people have called “A-Punk” the “Step Brothers Song.” They’ve had their music in almost all fashions of media, including an enormous list of TV and movie soundtracks; it’s not surprising that people know the music but not the name.

Their songs are ridiculously catchy, and both previous albums – Vampire Weekend (2008) and Contra (2010) – capture the essence of a happy, beachy, African-influenced pick-me-up band that can lighten the mood almost immediately. My personal favorite is still their debut album, which produced songs such as “The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance” and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” and also made me develop a strange love for the band that’s stuck throughout the last four years. While Contra also has its fair share of great tracks like “Giving Up the Gun” and “Horchata,” it would be hard to top the light, whimsical melodies that the first album offered.

It’s hard not to get excited for a third album when the previous two releases have been so damn good. As long as the catchy, worldly influenced band keeps banging hand drums and playing those catchy melodies in the next album, I don’t see how it could go wrong.

Hat Tips:

NME, EntertainmentWise, Image Credit: Flickr

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