Reporting Scott T. Sterling
Vampire Weekend continues to heighten the anticipation for Modern Vampires of the City by releasing a new song, “Ya Hey,” in the form of a lyric video. The track will be featured on the band’s upcoming third album, set for a May 14th release.
The moody, mid-tempo track strikes quite a contrast to previously-released single “Diane Young,” and is closer in tone to that tune’s accompanying B-side, “Step.”
Where the lyric video for “Diane Young” unexpectedly courted controversy by featuring rare Saab automobiles on fire, the “Ya Hey” clip boasts images of people (including the band members) popping champagne bottle on a New York City rooftop.
The song features the band’s customarily oblique lyrics, with the spoken-word last verse alluding to a music festival DJ set, referring to both reggae artist Desmond Dekker and the Rolling Stones: “Outside the tents, on the festival grounds/As the air began to cool, and the sun went down/My soul swooned, as I faintly heard the sound/Of you spinning ‘Israelites’/Into ’19th Nervous Breakdown.’”
Vampire Weekend recently teamed up with actor Steve Buscemi, who directed a special concert by the band at New York City’s Roseland Ballroom which was opened by Saturday Night Live cast-member Fred Armisen as Ian Rubbish, the Margaret Thatcher-loving punk rock character recently introduced on the long-running comedy series.