As you might already know, indie-rock legends Vampire Weekend recently made their full-blown live return, performing their first full live shows in roughly four years.
While these shows have been extremely well-received, with the group debuting new tunes, resurrecting old ones, and performing a number of unlikely covers, they’ve also been throwing in a cover of The Beatles’ ‘Here Comes The Sun’ at select dates. Now, a video of one of these performances has surfaced online.
Recorded at the group’s Monday night show at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California, the group decided to deliver a version of The Beatles’ Abbey Road hit during a performance of their 2008 single ‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’. Check out the performance below:
As it stands, it’s currently been five years since the group released their last album, the brilliant Modern Vampires of the City. However, the last few months have seen the group kicking things off once again, hitting the live stage, and reassuring fans that album number four is indeed on the way.
Back in September, frontman Ezra Koenig stated that the new album, which was tentatively titled Mitsubishi Macchiato, was “80% done”. Then, in December he revealed that the group originally had some pretty big plans for the album, but noted they decided to stick with a formula that they know works.
“When I first started thinking about this album, I had big ambitions,” Koenig told Entertainment Weekly. “I was like, ‘I’m gonna do this Kanye stuff, and if that means I work with 200 people, I’m down.’”
“Every once in a while I’ll sit down and write a song by myself, but I really love writing songs with other people. Increasingly that seems like that’s the way that people work. It’s not just pop; that pop way of working starts to encompass the whole music industry. I was always interested in that. I was like, ‘I want to try that. I’m cool with it.’”
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Despite this, Koenig says that his introversion and desire for familiarity ended up winning out. “At the end of the day, the people I’ve ended up enjoying working with are the people I already knew.”
It’s currently been a few years since Vampire Weekend last touched down on Aussie shores for a series of shows, but lucky punters are set to receive an exclusive performance from the group at Splendour In The Grass in just a few weeks. No word yet if there will be a new album by the time they hit up Byron Bay, but at the very least, it sounds like we’ll hear some new tunes!
Check out Vampire Weekend’s ‘Diane Young’:
Vampire Weekend @ The Observatory, California, USA 26/6/2018 Setlist
‘Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa’
‘Here Comes The Sun’ (The Beatles cover)
‘New Dorp. New York’ (SBTRKT Cover)
‘I Stand Corrected’
‘The Kids Don’t Stand A Chance’
‘Giving Up The Gun’