Vampire Weekend’s ‘Father of the Bride’ was some time coming, but the group’s fourth album proved itself worth the wait and then some - so time we finally got main man Ezra Koenig on the cover, right?
We dive into the rebirth of Vampire Weekend with Ezra, who also reflects on how his life has changed since 2013’s ‘Modern Vampires of the City’ (hint: it’s ‘quite a lot’), and expanding his musical horizons.
Making ‘Father of the Bride’ “meant not throwing away some of those colours and feelings of the last album,” he says, “because that wouldn’t be right, but also leaving room [where] you could have the heavy next to the light, the serious next to the stupid, and even lyrically, the pretentious next to the truly simple, borderline goofy.”
“One person will come up to me and be like, ‘Oh, this album is so happy!’. And then another person will come up and say, ‘This album’s so sad and dark’. There’s a part of me that’s also kind of like, these are superficial ways to describe an album. I’ve never made an album that I think has a monochromatic emotion.”
Elsewhere, we find literal superstar DJ, Oscar winner and banger factory Mark Ronson in pensive mood as he prepares to release sad banger collection ‘Late Night Feelings’, Bastille partying despite the world outside, meet the gnarliest bands at last month’s Great Escape - Surfbort and Viagra Boys, fyi - and invade an art exhibition with Mattiel.
What’s more, we dive into Kasabian’s Serge Pizzorno’s new project, The S.L.P., include a massive Glastonbury preview, plus catch up with both Swim Deep and Sløtface. Plus meet your new favourite bands: this month’s Neu profiles Penelope Isles, Just Mustard and Crumb.
Photo: Ed Miles
WE’VE GOT A FAVOUR TO ASK
We’re often asked by potential advertisers about you, our readers. So we’d really appreciate it if you’d offer up a bit of information about you, and your music-loving habits by filling in our 2019 readers’ survey.
(Don’t worry, none of what we’re asking for is personally identifiable - and no questions are compulsory.)
More like this
What made DIY readers’ collective 2019, you ask? Here we go…
Ezra and pals manage to make it feel like the same intimate sing-a-long, albeit this time with 10,000 of your mates.
With ‘Father of the Bride’, Vampire Weekend have returned from a six-year break refreshed, and more creatively dextrous than ever. As Ezra Koenig explains, it was a much-needed expansion.
The band will now play the London venue on 14th November too.