Vampire Weekend frontman Ezra Koenig has said that American politics “mostly just stresses me out”.
The New York band were noted early supporters of current US President Barack Obama and publicly stated their intention to back him when he first campaigned for election in 2008.
Now, in an interview with the BBC, Koenig said: “George Bush was President when our first album came out. Isn’t that just crazy to think?
“I find American politics mostly just stresses me out. But this record – more than any of the others – hopefully reflects our feelings about the country and the city that we live in.”
Speaking to NME last month, Koenig also spoke about his feelings on the US political system and said: “Things haven’t changed in a massive way since Obama was made President. Probably even Obama would agree with that. But that sense of hope people had when he was first elected has dissipated.
“You realise there’s certain things so ingrained into the fabric of how our government works that to expect one man to change that is a bit naive.”
Koenig also discussed the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ and its differences to its predecessors – their 2008 self-titled debut and 2010 follow-up ‘Contra’. “There’s something about the first album being a happy-go-lucky record about school days,” he said. “The second album had references to seeing the whole world – a bigger universe that was a little bit more complicated. With this third record it feels like a return, with new information. It feels like a trilogy.”
‘Modern Vampires Of The City’ is set for release next week on May 13, but the album is currently being streamed online via iTunes here. They were also recently confirmed to play BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend alongside Biffy Clyro, The Vaccines and Calvin Harris. The annual bash this year takes place in Londonderry, Northern Ireland on the weekend of May 24-26.