NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS THIS IS WARPAINT!

OK there are alot of girl bands out there. And although some have had their fair go in the spot light ala L7, Sleater Kinney, The Bangles, Hole, The Slits, Bikini Kill etc… there is definitely room for more. So like any rock n’ roll story, along comes a band called WARPAINT. Four friends from L.A who have a history not too disimilar to the friendship of Flea and Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers, they have endured the journey of friendship and music, trying to break on through to the other side in the Big Big Smoke. It was the initial start, putting the final pieces of the puzzle together since 2004.

They were probably one of a handful of bands doing the stoner psychedelic thing, the primal sound of the L.A heart beat in many ways. But they also had their drummer issues. I was like “Isn’t Stella (Sydney drummer, hello? amazing) over there? She’d be perfect for this band”. Anyone who knows a local band called MINK from a few years back probably don’t remember the band, but the drummer? yes, well that was Stella. She had already put down her foundations here and set her sights overseas. I won’t go into how good she is, lets just say she’s already jammed with the likes of John  Frusciante and (recorded with) Flea (R.H.C.P), played with Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Do I need to go on? Probably not. Anyway as fate would have its way, Los Angeles the city of rock n’ roll dreams would bring these dreamers together. Despite having already forged a name for themselves, it felt like this four piece was now really in the making.

The self release of their debut ep in late 2008 (produced and mixed by John Frusciante) started the tongues wagging around L.A and then the world. Of course when you throw Super Indie label Rough Trade into the picture (remember that infamous Geoff Travis Strokes audio tape discovery in the car moment?), then as most people who follow music know, fire works happens.

So if Red Hot Chili Peppers had to spew out a beautiful child then WARPAINT would be it. It’s more on the Frusciante / Flea vibe with a twist of the now (yes Flea was recently joined creatively to the hip of Thom York (Radiohead), does life get any better for these people?). If you’ve been to a Chili Peppers concert you’ve experienced the moments where these two just head off on their own. Well it’s those bits. But of course you can hear that it’s the sound of the future too. Nothing too overly beat, just given the right attention and love that only a woman can.

I hate hype, and yes hype is the way of the world today, but to its credit every now and again ‘hype’ gets it right. WARPAINT are the shit man! They make songs with strength and maturity beyond their years but still leave you feeling the ache and vulnerability of being nestled inside the bossom of music. This isn’t like your normal run of the mill set of music. It’s women throwing out the rule book. Tearing down the smell of man, the noise, the ego. It’s fresh and comforting for the soul. Who would’ve thought?

Their debut album THE FOOL is a stoners delight. It’s the music that people who just want to sit back and vibe out listen to. Don’t bring your war here buddy, just have a joint, shut the fuck up and let WARPAINT wash all over you. Everything is measured differently here, they’re not moving too fast or too slow either. The pacing and changes happen like a brush on a canvas slowly looking for space then you are hurling down Highway 1 in slow motion. It’s a neat trick which will pull you under and make you a fan, or maybe you’re just too cool to relax. And don’t worry these cut it live in more ways than one.

Right now their record is at their website. Listen to it and sail away on the oceans where time forgets and maybe you can learn a few things, like taking the foot off the pedal for a minute. Life isn’t a competition, it’s about the process of living. And this music is for the living, one heart beat at a time. Go here to listen the whole album and then go here to buy.

Why is it so good to see women do music good? It’s probably because we’ve all had a sister or a girl friend that we just wish all the best for to be great in life. So when a woman does it, we kind of feel a collective excitement, it’s like they’re doing for all the sisters out there, which is really cool. Kinda different to the male species in a way. Us men have got a long way to go.

WARPAINT have arrived. A visit to Oz in 2011? Splendour in The Grass? Probably yeah. If so, see you there. Shit they’re actually here for St Jeromes Laneway in Feb!

PS: Just want to say Stella is a true musical genius. She left this town and went out there and made it happen on her own terms. That’s real talent worth celebrating right there Australia.

T.S

http://www.warpaintwarpaint.com

5 thoughts on “NEVER MIND THE BOLLOCKS THIS IS WARPAINT!

  1. Best article I’ve read about warpaint. I just bought their album on itunes. Can’t wait to see them at Laneway. thanks Riot

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