Listen to/Experience/Love WarpaintPosted: March 18, 2011
The anticipation of Saturday’s Warpaint concert at the Biltmore has me thinking of little else today. Based in L.A., this all-female experimental art rock quartet struggled for years to find their now envious group dynamic. Formed in 2004, they’ve undergone several drummer changes after founding former drummer Shannyn Sossamon left the band. They recruited their “missing piece”, drummer Stella Mozgawa, in 2009 and it all began to make sense again. Warpaint released their debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, in 2009 and dropped their first full length, The Fool, in October 2010.
According to their website, “Warpaint weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals and driving post punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between psychedelia and intimacy. Both live and on record, Warpaint sound like they’re channeling something truly otherworldly, and mystical.” Compared to the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The xx, they consider their aesthetic to be best summed up by their song “Beetles” for its unpredictability and the range of emotions it captures.
I’ve read that their powerful live performances have reduced many rooms to rubble. Experience it yourself; they have upcoming shows at Wrongbar (Toronto) Saturday, March 26th, at O2 Academy (Oxford) on May 13th and at Bataclan (Paris) on May 26th. For other tour dates, visit their website.
Admittedly, I’m partial to female vocals…so have a listen to the dreamy quartet yourself and let me know what you think:
(Image via Rollo and Grady)