DIIV frontman Zachary Cole Smith may be taking this whole Kurt Cobain fetishization a little bit too far. The Daily Freeman reports that Smith and his girlfriend and frequent collaborator Sky Ferreira were both arrested in Saugerties, New York on Friday night. The charges were all misdemeanors, but Smith had “plastic bag containing 42 decks of heroin,” or $420 worth.
As Pitchfork points out, the charges are as follows: “criminal possession of a controlled substance and resisting arrest” for Ferreira and “two counts of criminal possession of a controlled substance, one count of possession of stolen property and one count of aggravated unlicensed driving” and also “violations of unregistered motor vehicle, driving without insurance, unlicensed driver, and having an inadequate exhaust system” for Smith. Their truck was pulled over after Smith, who was driving, made several infractions, and police found out that he had an outstanding vehicle and traffic warrant, and the tags on his truck were stolen. Ferreira had ecstasy on her.
The two were released on bail, and the very next night, DIIV performed at BasilicaSoundScape, a small music festival in Hudson, New York that former Stereogum dude Brandon Stosuy helped put together. Ferreira joined DIIV onstage for a cover of Cat Power’s “Nude As The News“; check out a video of that performance below.
That video makes something very clear: These two are extremely talented. Here’s hoping they stay safe and take care of themselves.
UPDATE: Zachary Cole Smith tweeted this Monday afternoon:
what you're reading is a police blotter, not the outcome of a court case. these cops wanted to fuck us, and they did. sky did nothing wrong.
— DIIV (@DIIV) September 16, 2013