Dream rockers Warpaint took a break opening for MGMT to hop to Black Cat recently and play an absorbing set of 12 songs for a very full club.
Psych quartet Warpaint have embarked on a tour to open for MGMT, and they have picked up some headlining shows along the way. And so, Warpaint performs at the Black Cat on Sunday, May 19.
Last year, Warpaint released Heads Up, their third studio album, and the shoegazing quartet took their album on the road in a successful tour that hit 9:30 Club. This year, ladies from Los Angeles return to DC as the opening act for Depeche Mode at Capital One Arena (formerly Verizon Center) one week from today on Thursday, Sept. 7. If you’re going to see Depeche Mode, get there early to catch Warpaint!
Depeche Mode have launched the Global Spirit Tour in support of their new album, Spirit, published March 17 via Columbia Records. The iconic band are touring Europe currently, with their next stop in Athens, Greece, on May 17, and they are due to arrive in North America in Salt Lake City, Utah, on August 23.
Depeche Mode will hit DC for a show at Verizon Center on Thursday, Sept. 7, and some tickets are still available. If that weren’t exciting enough, they are bringing along psych rock quartet Warpaint to open.
Warpaint have a great new album, Heads Up, and the ladies are wrapping a US tour of it tonight.
But along the way, they hit DC last week to perform at the 9:30 Club (check out our pix) and Philadelphia on Sunday to play to a very full house at Union Transfer. I was able to catch the Philadelphia show personally, and I was impressed at what great form the Los Angeles psych poppers have achieved and how much the new material really suits them.
Warpaint returned to DC Tuesday to perform at the 9:30 Club on the heels of releasing their third full-length album, Heads Up, a few days earlier via RoughTrade.
Emily Kokal (vocals guitars), Theresa Wayman (vocals, guitars), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bassist), and Stella Mozgawa (drums) performed 18 songs, representing a healthy mix of tracks from across their career, according to Setlist.fm.
I adore Warpaint. And they really caught my attention with their single “Love Is to Die” on their self-titled sophomore album in 2014. I think they hit peak heartbroken dreampop, but they did so in such an articulate, and yes feminine, way that the song proved irresistible.
And soon afterward, as a big Duran Duran admirer, I enjoyed their very good take on “The Chauffeur” for the recent tribute album, Making Patterns Rhyme. It was indescribably a wholly appropriate cover, and I would like Simon Le Bon to name check it when it comes to Duran Duran covers over William Shatner’s “Planet Earth.”
Feb. 8 Update: We have been told by Beggars Group that jennylee has canceled her US tour. We hope she reschedules soon, because I am loving this album!
jennylee aka Jenny Lee Lindberg, bassist of dreampop quartet Warpaint, kicked off a solo career last year, dropping her debut album right on! in December via Rough Trade Records.
On the album, the Los Angeles artist demonstrates a lovely, lush voice that pairs well with the agreeably droning ambient pop running through the record’s 10 tracks. Lead singer “Never” is one of the jauntier tracks on the album, smacking of middle period Siouxsie Sioux singing an Echo and the Bunnymen song. Song and video certainly emanate an appealing old school new wave vibe.
Watch the official music video for “Never” on YouTube:
More typical of the album’s tracks is the droning “Boom Boom,” which moves at a slightly slower yet still engaging pace.
Watch jennylee dance with a chap named Micky Adams in the official music video for “Boom Boom” on YouTube:
It appears jennylee’s solo stuff is an excellent complement to the music of Warpaint without being derivative. jennylee takes off in a direction all her own here, and it’s one that should be very satisfying to fans of her band and newcomers to her music.
“It’s a good record for the winter, reflecting long nights, and the search for comfort and safety, the desire to wrap ourselves in layers,” said Pitchfork, which also hailed her voice as “uncluttered and distinct.”
jennylee only first hit the road with her new band in October, and she’s back by a guitarist, bassist and drummer. (Indeed, we are told that Warpaint drummer Stella Mozgawa is along for the ride!) This is a fantastic opportunity to see them in early days.
Denver experimental rock band Facial and DC post-punkers Den-Mate open for jennylee.