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. Rough Trade released their long-awaited debut full-length album. The Fool in October.
Recorded in LA, The Fool was produced by Tom Biller (Beck, Karen O, Liars), with further mixes from Andrew Weatherall (New Order, Primal Scream, Bjork) and Adam Samuels (John Frusciante, Daniel Lanois). The Fool follows their Exquisite Corpse EP, released in 2009.
The all-girl quartet from Los Angeles has toured incessantly over the last couple of years; with standout performances at CMJ and SxSW. They have also shared the stage with The xx, Band of Horses, Yeasayer, Akron Family, Javelin, and The Walkmen.
Warpaint is Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).
“First they hypnotize; then they get you dancing” -NEW YORK TIMES
“The album is damn stunning — an incredibly well produced collection of drifty, arty, swoony, low end-loving psychedelic rock. But it’s not stoner music. It’s dark and pretty and kinda Goth and … well, we could go on, or you could just listen to it.” -LA WEEKLY BLOG
“Meet your new favourite ban”’ EVENING STANDARD
“A unique album of understated splendour and shimmering honesty. It’s arguably the greatest debut of the year” NME
“Warpaint deliver triumphantly” THE GUARDIAN
“Mesmerising and highly original” MOJO
“The Fool is a success no matter how you slice it, playing like a genre record for a genre that doesn’t exist.” – CONSEQUENCE OF SOUND
“While too many indie girl groups seem content to rebuild the Wall of Sound brick by brick, this Los Angeles quartet dedicate their hypnotic harmonies and guitars to a different cause: the House of Ian Curtis.” – SPIN 8/10
“Warpaint put the riff-heavy desert rock of Queens of the Stone Age through a gauzy, female-frosted lens, ending up with something more mysterious.” -PITCHFORK
“One of the year’s most promising new acts, Warpaint construct mysterious songs that pair the rhythmic chug of Pylon with the otherworldly eeriness of Throwing Muses. Bass lines zigzag and drums kick off-kilter rhythms and Emily Kokal’s soft, pleading vocals. Every song feels like an incantation: weirdo dance number “Beetle” finds Kokal belting out lyrics in jump-rope cadence between bouts of bent-wire guitar and eerie ripples of synth.”-ROLLING STONE
“dreamy shoegaze melodies are paired with post-punk dissonance and fueled by the bandmates’ pure magnetism and instrumental chops.” -PASTE
“Combining the dense, shadowy mood of some early Cure with the sonic drift of Mazzy Star and Cat Power’s more hazy vocal work, Warpaint occupies a challenging space where the mood can vary from deep woods come-down to fierce primal ritual. It hits an especially sweet spot live, where the ladies sometimes swap instruments or hone in on those spine-tingling harmonies.”