The Kids Don’t Stand a Chance: Rostam Is Out of Vampire Weekend [UPDATED]

He says that he will continue to collaborate with the band, but that he wants to focus on his own career.

On New Year’s Day, Ezra Koenig of Vampire Weekend tweeted an optimistic, if somewhat vague message about the upcoming year:

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That still very well may be the case, but perhaps the emphasis should have been on the “getting shredded” part. Today, Rostam Batmanglij, a founding member and oft-referred “secret weapon” of the band, announced that he is no longer in the group.

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Rostam shared the news via the all-powerful Note-screenshot on Twitter, the content of which has a few layers to it that require unpacking. First off, he’s out of the group outright. But, he states that he will continue to “collaborate” with Ezra and Vampire Weekend on future projects. Basically, this could be a gentle way of starting to rip the band-aid off, or it could be that he simply doesn’t want to be obligated to adhere to the complete demands of being a full-time member anymore, and that the music will continue to feel his influence as it always did.

Time will tell on that. Either way, it’s clear that Rostam is serious about his own career, saying, “my identity as a songwriter + producer, I realized, needs to stand on its own.” On that note, just this past week, Rostam shared a new solo track called “EOS,” which you can listen to below.

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Originally published January 26, 12:57 p.m.


Updated: January 26, 3:15 p.m.: First an iPhone Notes screenshot announcement, and now an Instagram text response… Welcome to 2016.

To throw a bit a water on the fire of anxious unbelievers, Ezra Koenig has posted a message about the status of Vampire Weekend. In it, he assures us all that Rostam will still be involved in the upcoming album, which is on the way—and has a working title of Mitsubishi Macchiato, “for obvious reasons.” Read the whole statement below. 

A couple years ago, Rostam and I sat down at his house & talked abt whether our collaboration was dependent on being members of the same band. We both firmly agreed that nope, it was not. In fact, we agreed that our collaboration was more important. I’m psyched about the work we’ve already begun for LP4 and I’m psyched to hear anything else Rostam is a part of. Also very excited to continue playing music with CT and Baio but there will be plenty of time to talk about that later in the year. For now in the Vampire Weekend universe, it’s all about recording the next album. There will be a lot of familiar faces in the studio but also some fresh, new ones. Working title is “Mitsubishi Macchiato”…for obvious reasons. Shout-out to the fans who have been waiting for new music – it’s coming. ?????? Also tomorrow, we gotta talk abt Iowa.

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