The more concerts you see, the more you realize how special certain bands are. There are bands you’ll see once and be blown away. Then, you see that same band a couple months later and realize it’s the exact same show–even down to the banter between songs.
Los Angeles indie-rock four-piece Warpaint is not one of those bands. In the summer of 2017, the band heavily toured the festival circuit. They played Coachella, Shaky Knees, Hangout, Governors Ball, and Bonnaroo over a two-month stretch. At some of those festivals, they went up against headliners and drew small but passionate crowds. At Governors Ball, they played a mesmerizing set as the rain began to come down.
Even when the band played the same setlist from one weekend to the next, it was never the same show. Transitions would change, certain songs got extensive solos and jam sessions. It’s why they have established such a cult following. It’s also why they’re among the top 10 bands to listen to or see live after puffing your favorite feel-good herb. You’re able to slip deeper into their bending grooves and recognize the individual contributions of each woman to the band’s dark, etheric sound.
On Thursday and Friday of this week, Warpaint will celebrate the 15th anniversary of their existence with a pair of shows headlining Love You Down Festival at The Echo and Echoplex. It’s a festival that brings together the music community of Eastside Los Angeles. The lineup was curated by Warpaint bass player Jenny Lee Lindberg and local favorites SWIMM, and includes several Warpaint side-projects. Guitarist and vocalist Theresa Wayman will play a set as TT, her solo endeavor from which she dropped a record last year. Jenny Lee will also bring her solo project, …
Author: Mark Ortega / High Times