08/20/2012 10:34 am ET Updated Oct 20, 2012

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Sued By Former Drummer

As Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti release their new album, their former drummer has taken legal action against them. Aaron Sperske, who played with the band until May this year, claims he co-wrote the 12 songs on Mature Themes and now wants more than $1m (£637,000) in damages.

"In or about 2008 ... [Ariel Pink] formed a musical group," the lawsuit reads. Consisting of Pink (real name Ariel Rosenberg), Sperske, and three other musicians, the band was in the business of "musical performing and recording". From then until 15 May 2012, Sperske claims, he completed his duties "diligently and competently ... sharing equally in the profits and expenses", such as the costs and royalties of Ariel Pink's 2010 album, Before Today.