Exploring Songs on Vampire Weekend's Father of the Bride Setlist

If you haven't been living under a rock, you'll know Vampire Weekend are making waves on their North American Father of the Bride Tour, celebrating their newest album of the same name.
This second North American leg kicked off August 16 and is expected to run through October 8 before heading overseas to Europe. But don't worry– they've just tacked on some new dates for 2020 that you can check out below.
Throughout the run, Vampire Weekend has been highlighting new songs "This Life," "Harmony Hall," "Sunflower" and "Bambina," as well as classics like "Walcott," "Unbelievers," "A-Punk" and "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa."
Check out one of their recent setlists:
Vampire Weekend setlist (September 6)
With four albums to work with, they've been pretty meticulous when crafting their setlists, switching things up almost every night. They've been live debuting new songs, taking fan requests, bringing guests on stage and even covering Bruce Springsteen.
If you want in on the action, cue up our Father of the Bride Setlist Playlist on Spotify, and keep reading for a closer look at some of the songs Vampire Weekend are playing on tour!

"Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"

This track was the fourth single off Vampire Weekend's 2008 self-titled album. It was one of the first songs written for the band, after frontman Ezra Koenig traveled to London and India.
"I'd taken a trip to India the year before and stopped in London for a few days on the way there," he said in an interview.
"It got me thinking a lot about colonialism and the aesthetic connections between preppy culture and the native cultures of places like Africa and India."
For an assignment at Columbia University– where the band met and ultimately formed– he wrote a short story explaining those connections, titled "Cape Code Kwassa Kwassa." The "Kwassa Kwassa" refers to a dance rhythm from Congo. Koenig said,
"The beats make this one of our most African sounding songs, but I think it also sounds Irish. I was listening to accordion music when I wrote it."
The song's music video was directed by British comedian Richard Ayode– who also directed their "Oxford Comma" video.
Vampire Weekend, "Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa"

"Sunflower" (feat. Steve Lacy)

"Sunflower" was the second single released off FOTB as a double A-side with "Big Blue," and features The Internet's Steve Lacy. The song is billed as the "sibling song" to "Flower Moon," which Lacy also lends his talents to.
"Sunflower" was the band's first with a feature, and according to this Instagram post, they're "glad it's Steve."
"He told me the first song he ever learned on guitar was A-Punk," Koenig wrote. "Which is hilarious, cuz he is now way better at guitar than me."
Ezra Koenig on Instagram
Lacy joined the band on stage at one of their recent shows at New York's Madison Square Garden. Watch it below!
Steve Lacy, Vampire Weekend, "Sunflower" live

"New Dorp. New York"

This 2014 collab with British musician SBTRKT sees Koenig penning a strange love letter to New York's so-called "forgotten borough," Staten Island.
"It’s kind of my ode to New York with Ezra’s lyrical idea on it," said Aaron Jerome, the voice behind SBTRKT.
"I didn’t know what New Dorp was when [Koenig] first said it...Then I realized a friend of mine actually grew up there and went to school in New Dorp. So we have this weird relationship where somewhere along the line this music is tied to real life somewhere. I like that."
It was the second single released off SBTRKT's 2014 album, Wonder Where We Land.
SBTRKT, Ezra Koenig, "New Dorp. New York"

"Harmony Hall"

This was the lead single off FOTB, and arguably the album's biggest hit.
"'Harmony Hall' is one of those songs that has deep roots," Koenig said.
"Vampire Weekend fans might recognize a little shared DNA, lyrically, with some other things I’ve done. It’s one of those songs that started with a piano part, this baroque part that happens in the middle. And then that part developed for a long time; I was always playing it on piano, trying different ways to play it. And then years later I wrote the guitar riff, and then finally it came together and felt like a song.That’s just sometimes what happens; you have these ideas, they’re not ready to be a whole song. And then finally the verse meets the chorus and then you’re off to the races."
He breaks down the process of writing and re-working the song in an episode of Malcolm Gladwell's music podcast, "Broken Record" with producer Ariel Rechtshaid.
If you're interested, here's the link!
Vampire Weekend, "Harmony Hall"
Vampire Weekend are on tour celebrating the album, and they've just released some new dates for 2020! You can see ALL of those dates below, and head over to Live Nation to get your tickets.
Father of the Bride 2019 North American dates:
09/15 – Atlanta, GA @ Music Midtown
09/22 – Las Vegas, NV @ Life is Beautiful Festival
09/25 – Vancouver, BC @ Festival Lawn at Deer Lake Park %
09/27 – Seattle, WA @ WaMu Theater %
09/28 – Portland, OR @ McMenamins Edgefield %
10/01 – San Francisco, CA @ Bill Graham Civic Auditorium %
10/02 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Bowl *&
10/03 – San Diego, CA @ CalCoast Credit Union Open Air Theatre at SDSU %
10/06 – Salt Lake City, UT @ The Complex %
10/08 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre %
10/09 – Morrison, CO @ Red Rocks Amphitheatre
10/18 – Guadalajara, MX @ Festival Coordenada
10/19 – Monterrey, MX @ Live Out Festival
10/21 – Mexico City, MX @ Metropolitan Theater
10/22 – Mexico City, MX @ Metropolitan Theater

Father of the Bride 2020 North American dates:
05/29 – Westbrook, ME @ Maine Savings Pavilion
05/30 – Burlington, VT @ Midway Lawn
05/31 – Gilford, NH @ Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion
06/02 – Lewiston, NY @ Artpark Mainstage Theater
06/03 – Pittsburgh, PA @ Stage AE
06/12 – Asheville, NC @ The Orange Peel Outdoors
08/09 – Bend, OR @ Les Schwab Amphitheater
08/10 – Boise, ID @ Ford Idaho Center Amphitheater
08/12 – Missoula, MT @ Kettlehouse Amphitheater
08/14 – Calgary, AB @ BMO Centre
08/15 – Edmonton, AB @ Edmonton Convention Centre
09/23 – Columbus, OH @ Express Live!
09/24 – Detroit, MI @ Michigan Lottery Amphitheater at Freedom Hill
09/26 – Cedar Rapids, IA @ McGrath Amphitheatre
09/27 – Lincoln, NE @ Pinewood Bowl Theater
09/29 – Kansas City, MO @ Starlight Theatre
09/30 – Tulsa, OK @ BOK Center
10/06 – New Orleans, LA @ Saenger Theatre
10/07 – Birmingham, AL @ BJCC Concert Hall

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% = w/ Soccer Mommy
* = w/ Tinariwen
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Last updated: 23 Sep 2019, 08:47 Etc/UTC