Over the weekend, Vampire Weekend appeared at democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders' political rally in Iowa ahead of the state's caucus, during which they performed a few songs in his support and the band's frontman Ezra Koenig detailed his support for the Sentor from Vermont.
going to Iowa this weekend to support @BernieSanders
— Ezra Koenig (@arzE) January 27, 2016
The statement, which can be seen being made by Koenig in the video recap of the entire rally, not only demonstrates Koenig's knowledge on the candidate, but his true personal support.
"A few months ago I just read his book, which he wrote in the ’90s, and just realized that even in the ’90s — which, I was a kid then, Clinton era, it’s easy for me to forget how messed up a lot of things were," Koenig explained. "And to realize that there was this guy who’s an independent, criticizing democrats and republicans, saying a lot of the same things that he’s saying now. I see a consistency in him that’s rare in most human beings, let alone politicians."
He added: "I think there’s something so cool about Bernie running as a democrat — a guy who was the only Independent in the House for a long time, the only Independent in the Senate, a guy who comes from an outside structure and is bringing that to the Democratic Party. There’s something so much more exciting than somebody who comes from within."
The rally, which also featured a performance by Foster the People, took place at University of Iowa's Field House on Saturday (Jan. 30) ahead of Monday's Iowa Caucus.
Dirty Projectors' Dave Longstreth, as well as the school's a capella group Hawkapellas, also performed alongside the two popular rock outfits, with classic songs like "This Land is Your Land" being heard during the event.