[artist id="2584573"]Vampire Weekend[/artist] have already conquered critics and sacked the sophomore slump with their just-released (and pretty great) Contra album. Now, they’re setting their sights on taking down a much more formidable opponent: teenage LiveJournal users.
But make no mistake — VW are in for the fight of their lives. Those LJ kids can be brutal.
“It’s incredibly easy to read everything you want to about yourself, and I think it’s important to avoid doing that, because otherwise you let your emotions get too tied into 15-year-old people’s LiveJournals, and clearly that’s not a good thing,” VW frontman Ezra Koenig told MTV News. “That said, you can only avoid it so much. I mean, we’ve done, like, hundreds of interviews for this album, so you even get people asking you about what this person said, so, it trickles back to you. You can’t be an island in this game.”
Of course, not every 15-year-old kid on LiveJournal (are there any 15-year-old kids on LiveJournal anymore?) is out to get Koenig and company. In fact, some of them even have nice things to say about the band. The key is trying to find a balance between reading too much (or too little) about yourself. It’s more difficult than it sounds, and, to be honest, it’s a balance the guys in VW are still trying to master.
“I think that, like, some 15-year-olds’ LiveJournals are more perceptive and on the money than the critics that are held in the highest esteem. So you never know,” keyboardist Rostam Batmanglij said. “But, once you’ve done it a few times, you learn in some ways how to protect yourself, because the sheer amount of inaccurate information that ends up being written down is painful to witness. But you have to do it, on some level. It’s just part of being in a band these days.”