Ezra Koenig Talks About Vampire Weekend’s Contra

    Vampire Weekend’s Contra will be one of the first major albums to be released in 2010. The record is due on Jan. 12, and frontman Ezra Koenig has been talking about the inspiration behind the title, which he claims has a different meaning for people depending on their date of birth.

    “I did have a moment where I stopped and thought, ‘Wow, everybody my age, when you say ‘Contra,’ thinks of the video game, and everybody my parents’ age thinks of the counter-revolutionaries in Nicaragua”,” he said in an interview with MTV News. “Look, I was born in 1984, so I’m not going to name an album Contra and not think about that video game.”

    Like many bands who had a sudden rise to fame, Vampire Weekend’s second album will also be about (you guessed it) their sudden rise to fame. “When you’re in a situation where you all of a sudden get people writing about you and saying things about you, of course you’re going to have a lot of people who try to identify you by a series of bullshit signifiers,” he said. “They’ll try to say because you wear this kind of shirt you come from this kind of family, or because you have a song with this word in it you must be of this political persuasion.” [NME]


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