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    Fri, 25 Jan 2013 11:12:15

    Vampire Weekend Almost Finished With Third Album - Singer/guitarist Ezra Koenig revealed that band's sluggish pace was due to creative slowdown

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    Vampire Weekend are almost done with the follow up to 2010's Contra.

    The band began working on this third album almost as soon as they wrapped the second one, but they wound up having a creative slowdown, which lead to the sluggish (sort of) completion of the album.

    Koenig said, "When we started to work a few days a week and really pick things up we immediately had maybe two or three songs that we thought were perfect for this record, a new vibe, quality songwriting. We felt great about them for two or three months, but then after a while you realize, 'OK, we have two or three great songs and we need 11 or 12.'"

    That's common for bands. You have a creative growth spurt and then it peters out and you can suffer from writer's block or end up working at a slower pace. It happens when there is pressure and deadlines.

    "Then the depression sets in," Koenig said about dealing with slowing down and looking at the material they had assembled for the third disc. "You don't want to have three great songs and then write nine shitty ones. It's like the bar keeps getting higher and higher and there's all these moments where you feel like you have no idea what to do…For our third record it's only getting harder, but that kinda feels like how it should be."

    Are you going to check out Vampire Weekend's forthcoming third album, due out this spring?

    —Maggie Pannacione
    01.25.13



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