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Vampire Weekend to Take Time Over Third Album

When it comes to writing and recording the follow-up to this year’s ‘Contra’ record.

Speaking to the BBC’s Newsbeat before taking to Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage last weekend, lead singer Ezra Koenig assured fans the New Yorkers won’t be rushing into anything. “You never want to sacrifice the quality for speediness. I’ve seen some bands do it and it ain’t pretty.”

With an extensive US tour recently added to their itinerary it’s likely to be the end of the year before the quartet start work on a third album. “We’re always gathering ideas and I can say I think about the next album every day,” Koenig said. “Every day it’s something that’s on my mind. That doesn’t mean we’re having writing sessions and we’re all sat around talking about it, but it means it’s always looming.”

Although ‘Contra’ reached No. 1 in the US and UK, Koenig believes the band should “take a little more time than we did for the last album.”

He added, “We haven’t had a vacation in a few years which we don’t care about because this is an amazing life to lead and it’s amazing that people care about our music.”

The New York combo follow a triumphant Glastonbury performance with UK appearances at T in the Park on July 10 and a headlining slot at Latitude on July 18.