If I didn’t already have plans tonight I would be dragging himself along to see my new favourite band, Warpaint, in Crawdaddy.
I’ve been listening to their debut album, The Fool, on repeat since the weekend (although I don’t think it’s officially released until this weekend coming).
Warpaint are, now, four females (having lost their male guitarist to the Red Hot Chilli Peppers somewhere along the way). The band is made up of Emily Kokal (guitar/vocals), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums/keys/vocals).
Standout tracks for me, so far, are Undertow and Baby, but they’re all pretty captivating, especially after a couple of listens. The album makes me feel sad and sort of nostalgic, but I get that way in autumn anyway so it’s hard to tell if the music has determined my mood, or my mood has determined my reaction to the music. It's probably a bit of both.
Lead singer Emily Kokal has described their music as “psychadelic-ghetto-tech-melodramatic-popular-song”. I don’t think that’s quite doing it justice.
There is something quite beautiful about those hypnotic, ethereal vocals and harmonies set against their almost aggressive post-punk rhythms.
But here, that’s not doing it justice either, so have a listen and tell me what you think yourself:
*Post title: Lyric from Rihanna, ‘Don’t stop the music’