Who are they?
Warpaint is a four-piece indie-rock band from Los Angeles, California that formed in 2004. They have one EP and two full-length albums under their belt and have performed in several major festivals including Glastonbury, Reading, Leeds, and Coachella. The band is known for their minimalist, psychedelic sound and “free-flow” writing style.
How did it all start?
Warpaint came together when school friends Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman met sisters Jenny Lee Lindberg and Shannyn Sossamon in a club in LA. “There were no preconceived ideas of how we wanted to sound or what kind of band we wanted to be,” Lindberg says. Since the band’s inception, the role of drummer has wavered between many, until Stella Mozgawa secured her place in 2009.
In 2008, the LA girls released their debut EP, Exquisite Corpse, with the help of former and current Red Hot Chili Peppers’ guitarists John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer. The self-released EP reached number 1 on the Los Angeles Amoeba Records local artist chart before it made its international debut under Manimal Vinyl records. Shortly after, they were signed to English label Rough Trade Records, toured the U.S. and Europe, and opened up for English indie duo, The XX.
In 2010, Warpaint landed a cover of David Bowie’s “Ashes to Ashes” on a tribute album entitled We Were So Turned On. They were also dubbed the 44th best new band of 2010 by NME alongside LA acts Funeral Party and Active Child. Shortly after, they released their debut album The Fool and its first single “Shadows” which received critical acclaim from NME and BBC Radio 1. In 2011, the album topped the charts in the UK and Australia and the band performed at the prominent Hollywood Bowl in the U.S.
In 2013, the girls started working on their second self-titled record and experimented with different sounds and writing styles that truly differentiated the album from its predecessor. Later that year, a snippet of their first single “Love is to Die” was featured on a Calvin Klein advertisement and on a teaser for the band’s documentary.
Warpaint went on a three-week tour throughout Europe and Australia to promote the upcoming album during which they showcased their new material. Their eponymous second album was released in January 2014 and was rated four out of five stars by several media sources including The Guardian, NME, and Pitchfork. It made it to the top 10 of the charts in the U.S. and the UK, as well as in the top 50 in Europe and Australia.