Vampire Weekend Third Album Finished For May Release

The band confirm the follow-up to 2010’s ‘Contra’ is complete via Twitter.

Vampire Weekend have completed work on their third album, according to a post on Twitter, and an update on the band’s website.

The record, the follow-up to the New Yorkers’ second album 2010’s ‘Contra’, will be released on 6th May in the UK - and 7th May Stateside - according to the messages. The tweet reads ‘LP3 complete. May 7th.’, while the website message - at least to us in the UK - says the same, but with a 6th May date.

The release will follow their upcoming appearance at SXSW, which they’ll play in March alongside the likes of alt-J, Fear Of Men, Haim, Wavves, The Joy Formidable and Everything Everything.

Vampire Weekend had been working on the album in Brooklyn alongside producer Ariel Rechtshaid, and premiered a brand new track called ‘Unbelievers’ on Jimmy Kimmel late last year.

Speaking to SPIN recently about their time recording in Martha’s Vineyard last April, frontman Ezra Koenig said: ‘It was off-season and an old friend from college was staying there. He was there by himself, doing his thing, working on his art, enjoying some solitude, and he had a guest house where we could set up and play. Neither of us had ever been there before so it was cool to drive to a new place and work continuously.

‘There wasn’t exactly that same time pressure [as there was with previous album ‘Contra’] or that urge to show people our ideas really quickly, so we could focus very purely on songwriting. And when you prioritize like that, you’re going to be in a situation where you write things that are good, but not good enough. That can be a weird feeling because it’s not always clear what you do in that moment. So we experimented.’

In the time since ‘Contra’ was released, the quartet have been active with various side-projects. Chris Baio has been performing DJ sets and releasing solo work under the mononym ‘Baio’, Ezra Koenig collaborating with Major Lazer, and Rostam Batmanglij having produced with the late Das Racist.