Of the many words I spilled in tribute to Vampire Weekend’s triumphant Roseland Ballroom show, it was those about “Ya Hey” that I repeated most, primarily to say “It’s the anthem.” Which it was, and is, in a vocal-effected, crowd-rousing yet introspective 92BPM sorta way. Put your damn hands up, but do so pensively please. The most immediate of the previously unreleased songs that night, and the only one to have a Steve Buscemi onstage bit dedicated to its introduction, it’s no surprise to see “Ya Hey” take its place as the next official listen from Modern Vampires. The album’s less than two weeks off, so this will probably have to tide you over until they serve up the whole platter. It should do the trick though. Ezra’s going in on the couplets herein, so the lyric video is just. And as far as lyric-videos go, this one’s quite video-video, with Vampire Weekend friend Jenny (she of “Giving Up The Gun and so many others) spraying champagne (along with so many others), and some nice views from NYC rooftops. Hey ya!. Watch:
Modern Vampires Of The City is out 5/14 via XL. A few days before that, the band will be the music guest on 5/11’s Kristin Wiig-hosted Saturday Night Live. They’re headlining the Barclays Center in Brooklyn this summer, too.