Vampire Weekend Is Looking For The Cool Within The Uncool

Vampire Weekend’s Father Of The Bride is our Album Of The Week. Photo credit: Michael Schmelling/the artist

By Audie Cornish, Dave Blanchard, NPR

Vampire Weekend’s last album, Modern Vampires of the City, helped vault it to festival headliner status, and topped year-end best-of lists when it was released. But that was six years ago — and a lot has happened in the time since. One of the main creative forces in the band, Rostam Batmanglij, left the group in early 2016. While the remaining members focused on side projects, voices in the music industry were beginning to float the idea that guitar rock might have slipped out of relevance. And then, of course, came the 2016 presidential election.