Vampire Weekend Frontman Calls Last LP 'Political'
Posted by Jeremy Thomas on 02.03.2014
In a vibey way...
Vampire Weekend's frontman Ezra Koenig called the band's last LP a political one. Koenig spoke with the Guardian about Modern Vampires of the City, being "politically engaged" and the different ways to be political in modern music.
"I think our music has been political, especially this last album," he said. "It doesn't necessarily give somebody a clearcut direction, but maybe that's OK. Maybe music sometimes has to exist in a vibier world."
He said that the political theme of the well-received Modern Vampires focused on the individual, noting, "But it's not a Rage Against The Machine album. I think there are different ways to be political in music, but in your personal life maybe there aren't. Either you give a fuck and you work towards it in some obvious way or you don't...You've got to be careful about coming across as a dumbass. Whether it's someone running for office or some Kony 2012 type shit, you're constantly getting offers to sign a guitar for this or do a show for that."
As to the band's next album, he said, "Sometimes I feel like starting on it really quickly, sometimes it feels like we should take more time. It's like people say when you're solving a problem, you think about it really hard, and then you stop thinking about it with your conscious mind. You're watching TV and walking the dog, and suddenly the answer comes to you. I think the music just kind of guides you."