Leigh MichaelThursday,2 May 2013

The Snap:

The countdown begins. Intoxicating alt. pop/rock band Vampire Weekend will release their third album, Modern Vampires of the City, on 14 May.

In honor of the upcoming record, the band did an Amex UNSTAGED performance live at the Tribeca Film Festival that debuted two new songs, “Everlasting Arms” and “Obvious Bicycle.” If you’re not already pumped about this, read the following: Steve FREAKING Buscemi was the host of this shindig. You can also check out the backstage stuff here.

The band also played on the Later… With Jools Holland show, where they killed it with some live renditions of “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” They also did an exquisite duet with the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, which is tragically only available for viewing if you live in the UK.

The Download:

Joe Gransinger wisely demanded that we get excited about this album. Sage advice. Representing an anthemic quality for anyone who takes a listen, Vampire Weekend has a funny way of getting under people’s’ skin.

Already, a host of great songs (ahem, “Diane Young” and “Step”) have seeped through the cracks to give us a taste of what’s to come on Modern Vampires of the City. When we add “Everlasting Arms” and “Obvious Bicycle” to the mix, it sort of feels like mid-May can’t come fast enough.

These guys own “flair” — hell, they announced the name of their new album through a classified ad. No matter what Modern Vampires of the City brings to the table, I feel confident that it will be catchy, fun, and universally beloved. Because that’s what these guys do best.

Plus, anyone who rolls with Steve Buscemi has my vote. Previous to this show, the awesome actor and awesome band collaborated to create some amazing promos that will make fans melt (see here and here). They’ve done good so far. And it’s only the beginning.

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Hat Tips:

OC WeeklyRolling StoneVampire Weekend, Image Credit: Flickr

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