We know Vampire Weekend as the indie-hipster darling band of 2008, so it’s good to see the band finally busting out with some new tour dates and new tunes as they gear-up to release their second album, Contra, due out in January. The band just released a new tune, called “Horchata,” which is available as a free download on their site along with this little sharing widget:
So far, they’ve confirmed a smattering of tour dates, including a California run and an assortment of shows outside the U.S. Read on for the dates.
Vampire Weekend 2009 Fall Tour Dates
Oct 6 2009 @ Le National, Montreal, Quebec
Oct 8 2009 @ Horseshoe Tavern, Toronto, Ontario
Oct 15 2009 @ King’s College , London
Oct 22 2009 @ Nouveau Casino, Paris
Nov 2 2009 @ The Art Theater, Long Beach, California
Nov 5 2009 @ Pappy and Harriet’s, Pioneertown, California
Nov 7 2009 @ Town Hall Theatre, Lafayette, California
Nov 8 2009 @ Catalyst Santa Cruz, California
Nov 9 2009 @ The Cellar Door, Visalia, California
Nov 10 2009 @ Downtown Brew, San Luis Obispo, California
Nov 12 2009 @ Chencho’s, Bakersfield, California
Nov 14 2009 @ VFW Hall, Lomita, California
Nov 17 2009 @ Tokyo Unit, Tokyo
Nov 21 2009 @ Oxford Art Factory, Sydney
Even though these guys may have been a bit over-hyped, I still think their first album is really solid and listen to it frequently. It still sounds fresh and is just a perfect combination of original, African-tinged pop rock.
Anybody seen them live? I’ve not yet gotten a chance, but I’m curious how well their sound would translate to the live stage.