Warpaint @ HMV Forum, London (25/05/11)

May 29, 2011 § Leave a comment

Warpaint brought their hypnotic, intimate yet powerful melodies to the HMV Forum in Kentish Town on Wednesday night. The Los Angeles foursome have garnered respect and admiration from critics and audiences alike since the release of their debut album The Fool, and tonight they set out to show exactly why they are deserving of the praise they have received.

Opening their set with ‘Jubilee’, the girls wow immediately. On record their sound is dreamy yet enchanting, something that translates into a live setting as pure captivation. The band (Emily Kokal on guitars and vocal, Theresa Wayman on guitars and vocal, Jenny Lee Lindberg on bass and Stella Mozgawa on drums) work so well together; they are four parts of the same machine. Emily and Theresa split the vocal duties, and as tracks such as ‘Stars’, ‘Set Your Arms Down’ and the incredible ‘Undertow’ are played they showcase their effortless and thrilling harmonising skills.

While all members bring talent to the table, it is Stella who gives the band their inimitable edge. This sound that they have mastered so well is made unique by her outstanding drumming. The rhythms and beats she creates range from a gentle mellowness to compelling powerfulness. This is something she makes look effortless; laughing and joking with her band members as she creates the rhythm that pulls all of the songs together. This factor was something I found almost as pleasurable as the actual songs: seeing the band truly enjoy what they do. As they played they laughed and joked with each other, making them seem completely comfortable with each other, and in this live setting.

A large part of The Fool is played, before Emily takes the stage alone for ‘Baby’ which is beautiful in its emotive sparseness. The rest of the band return and they close up the night with ‘Elephants’, the first track of theirs that I ever heard, and still my favourite. The song lasts for the best part of ten minutes, but when it finally comes to an end it is too soon. A captivating performance from a band who shine in a live setting. If you get the opportunity to see them at any of their upcoming festival dates, jump at the chance.

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