Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Warpaint is a female four piece LA band that is made up of a collection of the cities' typical arty type actresses and musicians. In fact, Shannon Sossamon (the 'A Knights Tale' babe) was the groups original drummer. That probably explains at least partly how they became fashionable among LA scenesters like Heath Ledger and, the one that prompted me to give them a listen, John Frusciante. In fact, he mixed their 2009 debut EP 'Exquisite Corpse' (which you can find below) and the result sounds not unlike an Ataxia session with Cat Power crooning over top. The songs are pretty but have muscle, droggy and yet grounded. The centerpiece of the release is a reinterpretation of the 1964 Robinson penned hit "My Guy", but when Warpaint sings "nothing you can say can take me away from my guy.." it sounds a lot more like they are enticing you to try than practicing true devotion. The result is a seductive, psychedelic jam to get lost in. Even if the whole outing isn't quite as memorable, there is a lot on the disc worth hearing. If nothing else, it sure makes me look forward to the LP dropping soon in 2010.

"Elephants", 2009

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