Band of the Week: Warpaint

Cosmic quartet Warpaint releases debut album are inspired by anything from street bums to corn on the cob.

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Photograph by Lauren Dukoff

“Exquisite Corpse” is the debut release from Los Angeles fuzzy, cosmic heartbreak quartet Warpaint. The record release is out very soon on Manimal Vinyl. Sitting at the lofty position of Number 1 on the Hollywood Amoeba Records Independent releases chart earlier this year, it’s a collection of magical psychedelia drifting over sublime moments of raw melody courtesy of the three free ethereal vocalists Jenny Lindberg (her sister Shannyn Sossamon used to play drums in the band), Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman. Kinda Sonic Youth and Cat Power with more Los Angeles nightfall.... Reviews of their live shows are just as gushing (“probably the best show I’ve seen this year, fucking gorgeous...” is a quote from a review of their Troubadour gig with now tour mates Moonrats) and their email banter is pretty sporty too. They’ve given us a couple of tracks from the EP below.
 
Dazed Digital: Can you introduce the band?
Warpaint: Jenny “Problemi” Lindberg on bass and vocals, Emily “La Femme” Kokal on vocals and guitar, Theresa “The Piece A” Wayman on vocals, guitar and keys and Josh “Jocelyn” Klinghoffer on drums and things. Emily was in Little Twos in Oregon and has been playing shows by herself for a while, Jen has played around town with different talented folk, Theresa and Emily used to make funny little instrumental guitar songs and Josh has been in every single band on the planet...

DD: What does Manimal Vinyl represent in LA?
Warpaint: Manimal Vinyl Represent!!! Hecuba, Rainbow Arabia, Alexander Hope, Corridor, they put out the Bat For Lashes “Fur And Gold” LP.

DD: What’s your inspiration for the music and lyrics. There’s a real escapist imagery.
Warpaint: The collective mind and spirit of our band likes to run free. So with that being said... a lot of it is formed in the moment. A lot of our living is done in the moment. Our inspirations could be the bum sitting across the street eating corn on the cob to the drum beat on 23. Any music that effects us in anyway we use as inspiration, regardless of the emotion it makes us feel. If were feeling anything, we use it.

DD: How would you describe the EP?
Warpaint: An eclectic collective of people and sounds running and dancing and screaming and crying, and when the days done a soft voice to gently calm your nerves and put yo ass to sleep.

DD: You guys been working with John Frusciante?
Warpaint: Yeah, he mixed “Exquisite Corpse” and treated a lot of the instruments and vocals. He's even done sound at our shows a few times.  

DD: What’s the secret to Warpaint?
Warpaint: Family.

DD: What do you guys all have a shared love of?
Warpaint: Laughter and movement.

DD: What other artists inspire you?
Warpaint: AFX, Marcel Duchamp, Radiohead, Hall and Oates, Billy Ocean, Brandy, The Cure, Bone Thugs and Harmony, Talking Heads, Fleetwood Mac, Steve Perry, Snoop Dogg... just to mention a few.

DD: Top 5 food spots in LA?
Warpaint: Elf, Pace, Under the Bridge (coming soon), Auntie Ems and Malo.

DD: Top 5 inspirational places in LA?
Warpaint: The beach, Alysian Park, the reservoir, our band space, Front St, Endofaneras home base.

DD: What's next for Warpaint?
Warpaint: The West Coast Tour in July, the release of “Exquisite Corpse” on Manimal Vinyl this fall and recording a record for Spring season...

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