While premiering new albums with a live stream has become something of an industry standard, few current releases have generated the anticipation of Vampire Weekend’s third full-length album.
The band has stoked the excitement with a series of comedic videos featuring actor Steve Buscemi. The clips led up to a live-streaming show New York’s Roseland Ballroom that was directed by the Boardwalk Empire star.
The album’s first single “Diane Young,” that puts on display frontman Ezra Koenig’s Elvis Presley-styled vocals, has already worked its way onto radio playlists and blog charts around the world.
“If you want crazier songs than ‘Diane Young,’ there are a couple that get a little crazier,” guitarist/keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij told KROQ’s DJ Nicole Alvarez. “If you want more mellow, there’s a couple that are a little more mellow than ‘Step.’ We feel like we’re giving people a taste of what’s to come, but we’re not really even revealing the extremes.”
Vampire Weekend played to massive crowds on the main stage at this year’s Coachella Music Festival, and is scheduled to perform at several high-profile events throughout this summer, including Lollapalooza, Outside Lands and a headlining show at the famed Hollywood Bowl.
Vampire Weekend’s Modern Vampires of the City is streaming on iTunes now.