Even though it sounds a tad cheesy, it’s difficult not to reference Warpaint as an “all-girl band” because frankly, there aren’t too many around (or ones that last). But on the other hand, they shouldn’t be labeled as such as they are just a damn good band – period.
Jenny Lee Lindberg (vocals/bassist), Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar) and Stella Mozgawa (drums/keyboards) played songs at the Bootleg Theater from their 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse with a fluidity that was most pleasing to the ears and eased any troubled minds.
Although I could not hear the vocals too well (may have been mic issues or I was standing too close), I was still taken to another dimension by the consistent synchronization of the band on “Stars”, “Elephants”, and “Burgundy.” Lindberg, with her eyes closed most of the time, has a bass line that is strong and dreamy and seems to make your eyes start to close as well (no, I wasn’t drinking or smoking). The recent addition of Mozgawa gave this shoegaze indie band some sharper beats to strongly compliment the smooth transitions of the three guitars. People near me were waiting for “Beetles’, which, when played, had everyone swaying this way and that. After about an hour of giving us beautiful melodies and hypnotic states of mind, the crowd shouted for more, but another band was soon to take the stage.
Recently signed with Rough Trade, their debut album is due out in August (I believe that is what Emily stated) and will not include any songs from the EP, so be sure to get both.
The few of us that were lucky to hear them live at the tiny Bootleg Theatre, included other musicians, record executives and people “in-the-know.” I felt like I was in on a big secret, but I’m letting you in on it now so you can catch them when they are in your area.
They are off for a short tour in Europe starting May 12th, then back to the States in June and they are set to play at Bonnaroo and Lollapalooza.