Warpaint is four confident, bad ass chicks who reflect their strengths through their work. Capable of being mysterious, playful, intense, strong-willed, reflective and devious there is an undeniable, cool underbelly to Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mozgawa and their sound.
The music itself crosses between a dreamy ambient, psychedelic and indie rock. Yet the girls retain a classic rock sentiment which has been stretched beyond it’s limits to reflect a modern demand for a full-bodied sound.
The layered instrumental sounds are enhanced through deep, swirling auto-tuned and harmonized vocals. All the ladies contriubute to the vocals whether hissing, humming, whispering, breathing deeply or out-right singing. The femininity it creates is multi-dimensional true to the nature of women. This seductive warcry that they’ve glaringly highlighted, chants out, “she’ll eat you alive”, “love is to die” and “we’ll rip you up and tear you in two” and yet as terrifying as it should be, it actually pulls you in more– like a succubus.
As impressive as the vocals are, Warpaint is not so simple. Over the years, the girls have attracted a certain attention and support from impressive members of music world including: John Frusciante of The Red Hot Chili Peppers and international music producer Flood (PJ Harvey, Nine Inch Nails and Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds) who have helped Warpaint become the pointed musicians they are today.
Based out of Los Angeles, the band has released two albums. The most recent, self-titled album has created a stir in the music world recieving positive feedback from taste-makers including Pitchfork and Spin. They’ve had their names on the marquees of some of the most influential venues in the world; not to mention made the bill for several major festivals including Coachella.
Now is your chance for a initimate(ish) Warpaint experience with a live show at the North Park Theatre this Saturday.