Vampire Weekend Talks About Their First Trilogy of Albums, Future Plans
Posted by Jeffrey Harris on 05.28.2014
The band goes on tour on May 31…
Billboard spoke with Vampire Weekend percussionist Chris Thomson bout the band's upcoming tour starting on May 31. The tour is in support of their third, 2013 Grammy Award-winning album Modern Vampires of the City. Below are some highlights.
Tomson on wanting to make their first three albums a trilogy: "Sort of wanted to make these first three (albums) some sort of trilogy. I think we knew when our first album came out we thought it would be cool if someone bought our three records and put them on a bookshelf, one-two-three, they would look connected and look like something that was part of a continued whole."
Tomson on where their next album will go: "I think it's too early to talk about it. When you're in the midst of touring, as we've been for the last 16 months, it's really hard to think about conceptualizing something (new). We've talked about very, very umbrella ideas, but I think like the last three it'll take shape as it takes shape. I think we'll sort of wait and see how it develops before we decide anything."
On the band's upcoming performances at the Reading and Leeds festivals in the UK: "I think we're excited to get back out there. It's been fun over the course of the past year and a half to mix in these new ('Modern Vampires...') songs. We've, I think, come up with a good mix of the three records and tempos and vibes, and I think we're excited to get back out there. We haven't integrated true pyrotechnics or anything like that. I think this (tour) has been the most (stage) production we've had, but even then it's certainly not a Def Leppard-style production. But we definitely take a lot of care and thought into what the stage looks like. We want it to be vibey. We don't want it to be four dudes who come on stage and play some songs; we understand it's an experience, and the visual is a big part of it and it's not just how we play or the audio component. So it's definitely a production, but I wouldn't say it's too crazy as of yet."