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Wednesday 18 January 2017

Warpaint: Heads Up For The Four Fearless Californian Females Who Are Brighton Bound

With their new album, Heads Up, Warpaint were looking for a way back to the feelings of excitement they got from their early gigs. A body of work that captured the spirit of the band's live sound: " .. we knew we wanted to play something dancier, faster and fun,"

The band are a Californian all-female collective, formed in 2004. Former Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante mixed and mastered the band's debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, released in 2008. 
  
There then followed Warpaint's full-length album, The Fool, which was described as "uncomplicated, psychedelic indie-girl rock with plenty of hazy guitar and a swooning, restrained sadness."

The band took giant steps with their next release, the eponymous second studio album,co-produced by Flood, and preceded by the single, Love Is to Die..


For those first two releases the foursome leaned heavily on grooves and moods, on diaphanous wafting over low-slung basslines, to seal their reputation. 

But it's the latest release, Heads Up, which has promoted the band to a different league. 

It took four months to create, with one band member channelling her affections for Bjork: " .. how the Icelandic visionary was able to take huge themes of life experience and make fun, danceable music from it."

The album was preceded by New Song – a disco charmer about how finding a new love is akin to enjoying a tune you can't get out of your head. 


Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg, singing guitarists Theresa Wayman and Emily Kokaland drummer Stella Mozgawa are having fun once again; having almost imploded between albums.

"It wasn't that we don't love each other, or that we can't figure out how to get along, we were just exhausted from touring,"

Citing influences like Kraftwerk, Depeche Mode and Public Image Ltd, the band have now created a sound that's all their own.

Warpaint play Brighton Dome Concert Hall on Wednesday 29th March 2017.CLICK HERE for more info.


by: Mike Cobley

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