Vampire Weekend have been vocal Bernie Sanders supporters from the start and recently performed at the Vermont senator’s New York rally. The band can be counted as one of Sander’s more vocal supporters in the music industry and have shown this at numerous political events across the country.
Like many Sanders supporters, Vampire Weekend are gunning for Sanders to win the Democrat Party’s nomination to run for president in the United States general elections.
The rally occurred at Washington Square Park in Greenwich Village and it was quite the fare, as Vampire Weekend also played with the Dirty Projectors’ Dave Longstreth. They also played with members of an all-female a cappella group from Columbia University called the Columbia University Metrotones.
According to NME the rally was attended by an estimated 27,000 people who viewed the short set, which included “Unbelievers,” “Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa,” “Rise Above” and “A-Punk,” amongst other classic Vampire Weekend tunes. The event was also repped by A-listers Spike Lee, Rosario Dawson, Shailene Woodly and Tim Robbins. While he is an outsider candidate, many hope that Sanders will end up beating out Hillary Clinton in the polls.
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Ezra Koenig has been vocal about his support for Sanders in the past, and said in a short video recap after a rally in Iowa that, “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.”
In other Vampire Weekend news, the group are reportedly in the early stages of preparing for their new album, a follow up to Modern Vampires of the City, released in 2013.