HFS’s Reada got a chance to talk to Rostam Batmanglij and Chris Tomson from Vampire Weekend at the 2013 Firefly Music Festival in Dover, Delaware. Reada, being a Vampire Weekend fan herself, noted that Modern Vampires of the City seemed to be a noticeable departure from the band’s previous albums.
“We like to think of each album kinda being a little bit of a departure from the last one,” replied Rostam. “I guess on this album what kinda was the defining factor was song writing. We wanted to just write as good of songs as we could do and that is what we cared the most about. It didn’t matter if we had big guitar riff songs or if we didn’t. We just wanted songs that we really loved. Maybe that’s why it sounds a little different.”