In an interview from earlier this year on Pitchfork, author Ryan Dombal describes L.A. band Warpaint as having “desert dust grooves, breathy, Cat Power-style vocals, and slithering guitar work.” That seems to describe what I hear on Warpaint’s debut EP Exquisite Corpse (Manimal Vinyl). For an EP, there are an impressive three songs over six minutes! Guitarist/vocalist Emily Kokal said in the interview, “I like progressive rock like King Crimson and Yes along with electronic music, things that don’t have standard pop structures. My mom listened to a lot of Grateful Dead bootlegs throughout childhood and even though I swore I hated them, I know they seeped in.”
Warpaint started gaining some buzz this year touting some celebrity fans and production help from Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante. Warpaint recently signed to Rough Trade Records and are currently working on their debut full length with Tom Biller.
Warpaint is currently on a whirlwind tour of the US hitting a bunch of Midwest dates leading up to a desirable Bonnaroo appearance on 6/11 followed shortly by some NYC dates with Lollapalooza in Chicago in August.
Upcoming tour dates (from MySpace):
Jun 4 2010 8:00P ZANZABAR Louisville, Kentucky, US Jun 5 2010 8:00P RADIO RADIO Indianapolis, Indiana Jun 6 2010 4:00P DO DIVISION STREET FESTIVAL Chicago, Illinois Jun 7 2010 6:30P BLUE MOOSE Iowa City, Iowa Jun 8 2010 7:00P CROSSROADS w/ The Temper Trap Kansas City, Missouri Jun 9 2010 7:00P THE PAGEANT w/ The Temper Trap St. Louis, Missouri Jun 11 2010 12:00P BONNAROO 2010 Manchester, Tennessee Jun 13 2010 8:30P DC9 Washington, DC Jun 14 2010 6:30P MERCURY LOUNGE ::EARLY SHOW:: New York, New York Jun 15 2010 8:00P KNITTING FACTORY - BROOKLYN Brooklyn, NY Jun 16 2010 8:00P MOHAWK PLACE w/ The Phenomenal Handclap Band Buffalo, New York Jun 17 2010 8:00P NXNE @ LEGENDARY HORSESHOE TAVERN Toronto, Ontario, CANADA Aug 6 2010 12:00P LOLLAPALOOZA 2010 Chicago, Illinois Aug 7 2010 12:00P LOLLAPALOOZA 2010 Chicago, Illinois Aug 8 2010 12:00P LOLLAPALOOZA 2010 Chicago, Illinois Oct 28 2010 7:30P SCALA London, UNITED KINGDOM
Warpaint will be performing in the Blue Room upstairs in the Blue Moose Tap House on Monday 6/7. Local pinch-hitter opening act Electro group Datagun opens. I saw Datagun open for Death Ships a couple months ago and was really impressed with their energy– not to miss. Tickets are $10 and doors are at an early 6PM.
Click Here for the Blue Moose Tap House Events Calendar
Warpaint on Noisemakers with (former MTV VJ) John Norris which has interviews and live performances: