Vampire Weekend confirm album release date, drop two new songs

Vampire Weekend surprised fans earlier this year when they unveiled plans to release their much-anticipated fourth studio album. The only problem with the news? The band decided to keep the release date for the new record under lock and key. Now, it looks like the group is in a particularly giving mood.

On Wednesday (March 6), the New York-founded band confirmed that their new album, Father of the Bride, is officially due out May 3 through Columbia Records. In addition to announcing the record’s fast-approaching release date, the act also unleashed two new songs; “Sunflower” and “Big Blue.” Both tracks were produced by Ariel Rechtshaid and Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig while “Big Blue” was co-produced by DJ Dahi.

According to a recent Instagram post from Koenig, it appears that “Sunflower” will be the band’s next song to get the music video treatment. Jonah Hill, who previously starred in the band’s music video for “Harmony Hall,” reportedly directed the new music video.

The release of the two new tracks confirms what Koenig had told fans on social media back in January; that the group would be releasing two new songs a month leading up to Father of the Bride‘s release.

“There will be three 2-song drops every month until the record is out. 1. hh/2021 2. s/bb 3. tl/uw. (plans can change that’s the plan),” the musician posted in January.

As promised, Vampire Weekend released “Harmony Hall” and “2021” in January and “Sunflower” and “Big Blue” now in March. No word on what the last two tracks are named or when they should be released.

The album’s early May release date should not come as much of a surprise since the group is slated to kick off their massive North American tour at the beginning of June. The 35-stop jaunt begins on June 5 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto and concludes several months later on Oct. 8 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado. The full list of tour dates can be found here.

Father of the Bride is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

Vampire Weekend announce massive North American tour

A week after surprising fans with not one, but two new songs, Vampire Weekend have taken it to another level by announcing a massive North American tour. On Wednesday (Jan. 30), the New York-founded band unveiled a lengthy tour itinerary that will find them performing at venues across the continent throughout the months of May, June, July, August, September, and October.

The 35-stop jaunt will include stops in major cities such as St. Louis, Cleveland, Cincinnati, Nashville, Dallas, Miami, Austin, Philadelphia, Montreal, Vancouver, San Francisco, and of course their hometown of New York City. The Father of the Bride tour will begin on June 5 at RBC Echo Beach in Toronto and conclude several months later on Oct. 8 at the Red Rock Amphitheatre in Morrison, Colorado.

Tickets for the outing go on sale next Friday, Feb. 8, at noon local time.

Vampire Weekend’s upcoming tour schedule also includes several music festivals such as Alabama’s Hangout Music Festival and Delaware’s Firefly Music Festival. In the middle of the tour, the band will make their way to Spain for this year’s edition of the Mad Cool Festival where they’ll perform alongside Bon Iver, the National, the Smashing Pumpkins, and the Cure.

The upcoming tour is in support of Vampire Weekend’s impending fourth studio effort, Father of the Bride. Last week, the act announced the release of their first new studio album in nearly six years by treating fans to two new songs (“Harmony Hall” and “2021”).

According to frontman Ezra Koenig, the group will debut two new songs every month leading to the album’s release.

Though the band has not given the exact release date for the forthcoming record, they have confirmed that it is due out sometime in the spring via Sony Music.

Father of the Bride is the long-awaited follow-up to 2013’s Modern Vampires of the City.

VAMPIRE WEEKEND 2019 TOUR DATES:

May 17 – Gulf Shores, AL – Hangout Music Fest
June 5 – Toronto, ON – RBC Echo Beach
June 7 – Indianapolis, IN – Farm Bureau Insurance Lawn at White River State Park
June 8 – Milwaukee, WI – BMO Harris Pavilion
June 9 – Minneapolis, MN – The Armory
June 11 – Madison, WI – The Sylvee
June 12 – St. Louis, MO – Fabulous Fox Theatre
June 14 – Cleveland, OH – Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica
June 15 – Cincinnati, OH – PNC Pavilion
June 16 – Chicago, IL – Huntington Bank Pavilion at Northerly Island
June 18 – Nashville, TN – Ascend Amphitheater
June 21 – Raleigh, NC – Red Hat Amphitheater
June 22 – Charlotte, NC – Charlotte Metro Credit Union Amphitheatre
June 23 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
July 11-13 – Madrid, ES – Mad Cool Festival
Aug. 16 – Oklahoma City, OK – The Criterion
Aug. 17 – Houston, TX – White Oak Music Hall
Aug. 18 – Dallas, TX – The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory
Aug. 20 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Aug. 21 – Austin, TX – ACL Live
Aug. 24 – Miami, FL – James L. Knight Center
Aug. 25 – St. Augustine, FL – St. Augustine Amphitheatre
Aug. 27 – Atlanta, GA – Fox Theatre
Aug. 30 – Norfolk, VA – Ted Constant Convocation Center
Sept. 3 – Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
Sept. 4 – Philadelphia, PA – Mann Center for the Performing Arts
Sept. 6 – New York, NY – Madison Square Garden
Sept. 8 – Montreal, QC – MTELUS
Sept. 25 – Vancouver, BC – Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park
Sept. 27 – Seattle, WA – WaMu Theater
Sept. 28 – Portland, OR – McMenamins Edgefield
Oct. 1 – San Francisco, CA – Bill Graham Civic Auditorium
Oct. 2 – Los Angeles, CA – Hollywood Bowl
Oct. 3 – San Diego, CA – CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU
Oct. 6 – Salt Lake City, UT – The Complex
Oct. 8 – Morrison, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre