Our Interview with Warpaint

Photo by Tonje Thilesen
Photo by Tonje Thilesen

When you think of Los Angeles, generally images of beaches, bikini’s, and the Hollywood elite come to mind.  Warpaint are the antidote to all of this. Based in LA, Warpaint are a unique force of four, delivering the deep, dark and mesmerizing sounds of swampy bass and ethereal vocal hooks. Having been on tour since their critically acclaimed debut album ‘ The Fool‘, Warpaint have returned this year with their self titled follow up. In writing and recording the album, members Emily Kokal, Theresa Wayman, Jenny Lee Lindberg and Stella Mozgawa, rented a house up in desert oasis of Joshua Tree National Park. There they continually jammed, which happened to result in a visit from the police as local residents had complained that music was making them nauseous. Of course, the offending (or brilliantly woozy) song, Disco // Very is on the album.

We had a quick chat with bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg about their influences and the what makes their music tick.

What music was playing in the house when you were growing up?

When I was a youngen’ there was a lot of Hall and Oates, Janet Jackson, Michael Jackson, Paula Abdul, Madonna, lots of pop, and old school r&b/soul…
What was the first record you fell in love with?
The Cure ‘Staring At The Sea ‘.. it was the first album I loved absolutely every song..
Who made you want to make music?
Not any person really..I loved the feeling I felt whilst listening to music. I wanted to make music that made me feel like that!!
It was an experiment really,  and i fell instantly in love. The passion and inspiration that came along with writing music was like nothing I had ever experienced.
What were you listening to whilst recording?
Lots of us!!! hahaha. My ears were pretty spent at that point, anytime I could listen to nothing, I would relish in those moments..
What five records couldn’t you live without? hmmmmm.. off the top o my head..
epeche Mode ‘Violator’, Brian Eno ‘Another Green World’, Siouxie and the Banshees ‘Ju Ju’, Fleetwood Mac ‘Dreams’, and…. the best of The Beegees!!!  Also, my favorite are mix tapes made by friends, I love a collection of everything.
What are you listening to at the moment?
This internet radio station called Soma, its basically ambient noise, and is on a heavy rotation at my house everyday.

Does the perfect song exist?

Disco meets hardcore meets melody and harmony with some drone in there? S
omething with all of those ingredients and I think you would have a pretty damn good song!!!!
Finally, what’s your favourite noise?
I have always loved the sound of water running through a faucet. There’s something very soothing and noisey about it!! It sounds really good recorded as well!!!