Vampire Weekend thrilled the crowd during their headlining show on the third night of Lollapalooza in Chicago on Saturday (Aug. 4) by announcing their highly-anticipated fourth album is done and is currently being mastered. Per Stereogum, VW frontman Ezra Koenig shared the news before the band closed their set and they really amped up the excitement by reportedly teasing some of the upcoming album’s tracks at an intimate no-phones aftershow on Sunday at Chicago club Metro.
Per a Team Vampire Weekend fan site report, one of the new songs is titled “Big Blue” and Koenig played four and a half songs via aux chord from his phone and one full song in a live performance. The Grammy-winning alt-rockers also treated aftershow attendees to a full-bodied, career-spanning musical set which included a selection of songs from their first three albums, a cover of “The Boys Are Back in Town” by Thin Lizzy and “Sister of Pearl” from Chris Baio’s debut LP under Baio, The Names.
As previously reported, Vampire Weekend played a short bit of a song called “Flower Moon” featuring Steve Lacy in June at the Liberty Bowl. The upcoming project will their first album release since Rostam Batmanglij left the group in 2016. It follows their Billboard 200 chart-topping third studio album Modern Vampires of the City. It has been a little over five years since that album’s release.
Playing new songs to the audience in Chicago isn’t the first time Vampire Weekend have sprung a surprise on their fans recently. Last month, they announced a pop-up show at the Novo in Los Angeles on July 12. One Instagram fan post about Sunday’s after show featured a shot of Ezra Koenig on stage in what the caption describes as “an intimate, incredible show …” (See the post below) and stay tuned to AXS for Vampire Weekend updates.