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Enjoy Modest Mouse? You'll Love Warpaint

If you enjoy listening to indie or alternative music, even if it inherently sounds messy or disorganized—as was my previous opinion of Modest Mouse. Repeatedly listening to one of the band’s albums (something I often do not do) seems to draw out the presence of solid guitar on top of what I consider warbly and random vocals. Warpaint is similar in that regards. 

Warpaint considers themselves an experimental art rock group. They are an all-girl quartet that was formed in Los Angeles, California on Valentine’s Day in 2004. The band comprises Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar/vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).

Their EP Exquisite Corpse was released in 2009. Exquisite Corpse immediately topped the Los Angeles Amoeba Records’ local artist’s chart. Warpaint is a constantly evolving band. In the past, actress Shannyn Sossamon and the current Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist Josh Klinghoffer have been in the lineup.

In their bio, Warpaint say, “[They] weave intricate guitar lines, hypnotic vocals, and driving post-punk rhythms into gorgeous, sprawling songs that skirt the line between the soundscapes of psychedelia and intimacy. “ This description of their music is not unlike how someone would describe Modest Mouse’s musical styling. If you’re not really listening, you won’t hear the haunting words of the lyrics. You won’t allow those lyrics to drive straight into your soul.

However, if you take the time to sit down in a quiet area and just tune out with some headphones. Listening to Warpaint, you’ll find yourself relaxed, relating to the lyrics in an almost subconscious, surreal way. Just like Modest Mouse, Warpaint aims to simply create good music.

Warpaint likes to create music that sounds real, not mainstream or over-produced. Last year, they took on a dizzyingly busy fall tour schedule and opened for Band of Horses. They’ve also opened for The Slits, Black Heart Procession, and Yeasayer. They are known for drawing the crowd into an all-out dance party with some songs, yet hold their audience captive with dreamy, trace-like vocals and melodies with others.

On their album, they recreated a rhythmic, yet “playful dynamism” that is often found during their live performances. It’s the little things that make a live performance so special—where you can feel the anticipation in the audience and you can hear the live acoustics. Where you can hear the breaths of air the vocalists take in the midst of singing. All of it matters and adds to the realism.

They are set to release their first full length album entitled: The Fool on October 25th in the UK and October 26th in the U.S. The album includes 9 previously unreleased tracks.