Ha, scandal. Sure. I ain’t saying Kirsten Kennis is a gold digger, but let’s all agree that musicians are not responsible for the authenticity of release forms related to their album art. (Except Owl City, who is a dirty thief.) Vampire Weekend’s Ezra Koenig reluctantly talks to NME:
“I think I can speak for all of us and say this is the first time any of us have ever been sued, so we’re still learning how it works. There’s so many things we could say about it but given we have no experience of it we’re just keeping conversations to a journal for now, which is a little frustrating. There’s nothing we can say about it. We’re not trying to be mysterious. I imagine in the next few months there’ll be plenty to talk about. Given it’s our first time we just want to do it properly.”
Very diplomatic. Does anyone know if Ezra went to a good college?
Being sued (even if only by a former model or member of Chickenfoot) is a right of passage. Mazel Tov, guys.
In more delicious Vampire Weekend news, keep an eye on @dosahunt, from which our own Amritgum will report next month.
UPDATE: XL has released a statement:
“As is standard practice, Vampire Weekend and XL Recordings licensed the rights to use the photo on the cover of Contra pursuant to a license agreement that contains representations and warranties authorizing this use of the photo. Now that a lawsuit has been filed, we look forward to having the matter resolved in Court. We will be filing our response after we have had an opportunity to review the allegations. Consistent with our practice, we will not be commenting further about the pending litigation at this time.”