Watch Vampire Weekend Play ‘Saturday Night Live’

Vampire Weekend returned to Saturday Night Live last night to promote their new album, Modern Vampires of the City. 

The band are about to release their new album this week (May 14) via XL , and ahead of that release they made their return to Saturday Night Live last night. They performed two of the new album’s cuts, “Diane Young” and “Unbelievers.” Kristen Wiig hosted.

Vampire Weekend is touring for much of this year, and they’ll do a big hometown show in NYC on September 20 at Barclays Center. Tickets for that show are still available.The band started off with the hard-driving rockabilly-and-synth rhythms of “Diane Young,” the lead single off the record, as a gentleman in a top hat played a giant bari sax against Ezra Koenig’s pitch-shifting vocals. They returned for the second set with “Unbelievers,” also from the new album, opening with an Elvis Costello-esque organ riff and filling the sound out near the end with a brass and wind quartet.

“Things that we might have found boring in the past, we’ve started to find more fresh,” Koenig told Rolling Stone in January, as the album neared completion. “This record has more piano and acoustic guitar and organ. But at the same time, that means we needed to find ways to flip it.” Modern Vampires of the City ,Vampire Weekend’s third album, is due out on May 14th.

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That’s the album art above and the tracklist is below. No music from the album has been posted yet.

Modern Vampires Of The City Tracklist:
1) Obvious Bicycle
2) Unbelievers
3) Step
4) Diane Young
5) Don’t Lie
6) Hannah Hunt
7) Everlasting Arms
8) Finger Back
9) Worship You
10) Ya Hey
11) Hudson
12) Young Lion

Vampire Weekend — 2013 Tour Dates
3/13-16 Austin, TX – SXSW
4/12 Las Vegas, NV – The Cosmopolitan (w.Tanlines)
4/14 Indio, CA – Coachella
4/16 Davis, CA – Freeborn Hall at UC Davis (w.Tanlines)
4/17 Oakland, CA – Fox Theater (w.Tanlines)
4/21 Indio, CA – Coachella
5/8 London, UK – The Troxy
5/10 Paris, FR – Casino De Paris
5/15 Boston, MA – Agganis Arena
5/16 Toronto, ONT – Sony Centre
5/17 Detroit, MI – The Fillmore Detroit
5/19 Kansas City, MO – Midland Theater
5/20 Denver, CO – Red Rocks Amphitheatre (co-headline w. Of Monsters And Men)
5/21 Salt Lake City, UT – Red Butte Garden Amphitheater
5/23 Portland, OR – Keller Auditorium