Hop on the revival journey of Vampire Weekend!

Hop on board the Vampire Weekend comeback train as these New York musicians triumphantly return with two new singles from their upcoming fifth album, “Only God Was Above Us.” The singles, “Gen-X Cops” and “Capricorn,” are accompanied by music videos inspired by the MTA, featuring visuals reminiscent of 1980s subway cars, echoing the album cover theme – a 1988 photo taken in a subway “graveyard” by Steven Siegel. While the songs themselves may not directly reference transit, their sharp, distorted guitars evoke the screeching sounds of a subway train, adding an intriguing layer to the music. With lyrics like “Every generation makes its own apologies,” there’s room for interpretation, perhaps even relating to the presence of officers in stations. Despite some fans noting the absence of the promised raga influence in the vocals, anticipation remains high for the album’s full release.

“Only God Was Above Us,” set to release on April 5th, marks Vampire Weekend’s first album since 2019’s “Father of the Bride.” Featuring ten tracks, including titles like “Ice Cream Piano,” “Prep-School Gangsters,” and “Mary Boone,” the album signifies a return to New York iconography after the more jam-oriented style of “Father of the Bride.” Described as “inspired and haunted by 20th-century New York,” the album promises to captivate listeners with its exploration of the city’s rich history and atmosphere.

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Vampire Weekend, formed in 2006 at Columbia University, consists of members Ezra Koenig, Chris Baio, Chris Tomson, and former member Rostam Batmanglij. Their music is known for its eclectic blend of indie rock, pop, and world music influences, often featuring complex lyrical themes and intricate instrumentation. The band gained widespread acclaim with their self-titled debut album in 2008, which featured hits like “A-Punk” and “Oxford Comma.” Subsequent albums, including “Contra” (2010) and “Modern Vampires of the City” (2013), further solidified their reputation as one of the most innovative and influential bands of the indie music scene.

Following the album release, Vampire Weekend will embark on their first tour since the pandemic, commencing with a solar-eclipse show in Austin on April 8th. The tour will feature special doubleheaders in Berkeley, California; Bonner, Montana; and New York, with unique show-specific openers such as Maya Rudolph’s Prince cover band, Princess, and the Billy Joel cover band Turnstiles. With a lineup that even includes the long-running New Wave band the English Beat, fans can expect an unforgettable live experience. So, hop on the train and immerse yourself in the world of “Only God Was Above Us.”

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