Vampire Weekend defend dress sense
Published 08/01/2010 | 17:33
Vampire Weekend's Ezra Koenig has hit out at people who judge the band on the way they dress.
The New York rockers choose to style themselves in preppy chic, but insists they don't not come from a wealthy background.
Ezra told The Guardian: "My dad grew up in a working-class Jewish neighbourhood, and I got a scholarship from my dad's union to go to college - I went there to get an education, not as an extension of privilege."
He went on: "Because we favour certain ways of dressing and don't shy away from using obscure words and we went to Columbia University, people have put all the elements together and prejudged us as privileged white kids."
He added: "The way I look at it is: it's my God-given right to wear a cricket sweater just as it is my right to wear a (Ralph Lauren) Polo shirt.
"And part of why I'm so into these clothes is that they are more complicated than people think - Ralph Lauren was the son of Russian Jewish immigrants who grew up in the Bronx not far from where my dad grew up."
He has also tried to reflect this in their new album Contra.
He said: "On this album, there are songs that deal with wealth and rich girls, but I wanted a more nuanced approach.
"They're not pure revenge or you-rich-b***h songs. You can't blame other people, no matter what your upbringing was like. We called the album Contra because it would be very easy to say it's about me versus rich people, but it's more complicated than that."