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?
The Cure ‘Staring At The Sea ‘.. it was the first album I loved absolutely every song..
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!!
Lots of us!!! hahaha. My ears were pretty spent at that point, anytime I could listen to nothing, I would relish in those moments..
Depeche 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.
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? Something with all of those ingredients and I think you would have a pretty damn good song!!!!
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!!!