Rostam Batmanglij Quits Vampire Weekend

Vampire Weekend's lead guitarist announces departure via Twitter

Rostam Batmanglij has announced via Twitter his recent departure from Vampire Weekend. Batmanglij says he will continue to pursue collaborations with Ezra Koenig in the future. Batmanglij and Koenig have been co-leaders of the band since 2006, releasing three studio albums and even garnering a Grammy for “Best Alternative Album” for Modern Vampires Of The City in 2014.

Koenig responded via Instagram with a heartfelt post for Batmanglij and his future music endeavors.

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Koenig’s message reads:

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.

It’s bittersweet, but we are happy to hear Batmanglij and Koenig are still on good terms. Check out photos from Vampire Weekend’s antics at The Drake Hotel.