Vampire Weekend to Sign with Columbia Records for New 2017 Album?
Published Nov 18, 2016Vampire Weekend last delivered a new LP with Modern Vampires of the City back in 2013, but it seems as if the follow-up will be arriving next year — and with backing from a new label.
According to Hits Daily Double, frontman Ezra Koenig "hit it off" with Columbia Records boss Rob Stringer, and the band have inked a deal with the company to release a new record in the second or third quarter of 2017.
If true, it would mark Vampire Weekend's departure from XL, the label that released their first three records — 2008's self-titled debut, 2010's Contra and the aforementioned Modern Vampires of the City.
As previously reported, founding member Rostam Batmanglij left the band earlier this year and has since released a handful of solo tracks and a collaborative album with the Walkmen's Hamilton Leithauser called I Had a Dream That You Were Mine.
At the time of the announcement, Batmanglij said that although he would no longer be a full-time member of Vampire Weekend, he was still hoping to work with Koenig on "future projects" — including Vampire Weekend material. When asked about his ongoing involvement with the band, Batmanglij recently told Rolling Stone: "I don't want to make any announcements. I want some surprises for 2017."
Koenig, meanwhile, has kept busy with contributions to Beyoncé's Lemonade.
As we await details for Vampire Weekend's upcoming fourth LP, relive the video for Modern Vampires' "Diane Young" below.