Vampire Weekend Plays at Washington Square Park

Vampire Weekend Plays at Washington Square Park

The band played a set for fans at Washington Square Park to promote their latest release, an album released yesterday.

The band played a set for fans at Washington Square Park to promote their latest release, an album released yesterday.

Text: Harshvardhan Shah

In celebration of their new album, 'Father of the Bride', Vampire Weekend performed a set at Washington Square Park earlier today in New York City. The band announced the show via their social media earlier today and performed some fan favorites such as 'Horchata' and 'Campus' followed with newer songs from their freshly released album released earlier today.

 The last time Vampire Weekend played together was during the 2016 election cycle in support of Bernie Sanders' rally at Washington Square Park. Around that time, bandmember Rostam Batmanglij announced that he would no longer be a part of the band, but still an ongoing collaborator. It seems they're keeping it local, as their first formal show in five years will also be performed in New York City.

It's fitting that their new album talks about rebirth, and it does feel like a comeback for the band after a long period of being away. It's their fourth album, and although the years-long hiatus may have altered their sound a bit, their album is just as cerebral as ever: "Father of the Bride" seems a lot more existential and mellow when compared to their previous release, which offered more haunting, sharper tracks and hits.

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