Vampire Weekend told fans in an Instagram comment that their album is “94.5%” done. The comment comes after the band announced concerts in Ojai, their first full-sets in four years, telling fans “it’s probably worth catching both.” They recently made their return to Instagram after five years and marked a new era changing their profile pictures on Facebook and Instagram.
The new album follows 2013’s, Modern Vampires of the City, and will be their first without founding member Rostam Batmanglij. In a post on his personal account last year, Ezra Koenig released the working title of their upcoming album, Mitsubishi Macchiato, and said “it’s a lil more springtime than the last one. guitar’s not dead. there are songs (currently) called “Conversation” & “Flower Moon.”
More recently the group made a surprise appearance in LA last month for the show, Running Late, hosted by HQ Trivia’s Scott Rogowsky. Koening was initially set to be a guest but brought out the rest of the band to play “Unbelievers,” off of Modern Vampires of the City, and “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” from their self-titled 2008 debut.
UPDATE: Vampire Weekend have announced two more shows at the 550-capacity Observatory in Santa Ana via their Instagram, and tease that they’re “just getting started.”