You know the #1 thing keeping me from publishing these music posts is? Listening to the damn music itself. Once I find some great music (and boy, have I!) it’s next to impossible for me to accomplish even daily tasks; that’s how distracted I get.
Current object of distraction is the amazing Warpaint, an all-female (wasn’t always) band that I’d first heard back in 2010 on an indie music discovery site. I’d only heard the one song then, and for some godforsaken reason I didn’t venture beyond it till two weeks ago. Here’s the song I heard then–a beautifully mellow, dreamy song called Billie Holiday. (Their camaraderie on the Rough Trade Sessions is particularly adorable–wait till the end.)
Well don’t bliss out just yet! I got some more for ya. Once I got past the excitement of rediscovering an old favourite, I rode high and long on the waves of brand new discoveries, one of them being Undertow. That guitar riff is pure love.
The bass and drums are my favourite things about Warpaint; vocals end up falling short in some songs like in the chorus of Love is To Die–still a good song in my opinion. Certainly not their best, however. Posting this one from their Yours Truly session because that drumming is a joy to watch, but the album recording sounds much more atmospheric in my opinion.
I have a girl-crush on each and every member of this band. Watch them come together in this song (the harmonising in beginning is so perfect) and you’ll know why. Another Rough Trade Sessions recording, this is the almost- 8-minute long but oh-s0-worth-it, Majesty.
Might as well do another Rough Trade Sessions favourite since I’m on a roll here–Burgundy. I LOVE the warm-up (and cool-down) arrangements in this one.
This 2-in-1 video for Disco//Very and Keep It Healthy pretty much sums all the amazing things this band is–goofy, badass and SO COOL. Also, the bass in Disco//Very, can have my first-born if it wants. Oh, apparently the video also has some hotshot skateboarders in it but who cares they’re just men (my attempt at sexist humour).
I could listen to them all day. Actually, I have, on several occasions in the last 3 weeks. Warpaint actually got me through an extra-long menstrual cycle so I’m more than biased and eternally grateful. GIRL POWER AMIRITE! Anyway, here’s an especially soothing tune for when your blood flows with a vengeance and the cramps just won’t quit–Stars.
Cannot able to decide which song(s) I like better than the others, so I’ve given up trying. I keep coming back to the drums, though, and the drumming on Shadows is so GOOD.
Okay next up is Elephants from the band’s debut EP called Exquisite Corpse, which was mixed and mastered by ex-RHCP fellow John Frusciante, also featuring drums by current RHCP fellow Josh Klinghoffer. As much as I love RHCP, this Warpaint sound is a little too ‘produced’ for me–I much prefer their later stuff. But this is a good song, nevertheless.
You know how some songs start out with this amazing intro and you just *know* it’s going to be a great song? Set Your Arms Down is one of them. Almost grungy, full feels.
As if they weren’t cool enough, Warpaint also did a lovely David Bowie cover of Ashes to Ashes. Yes, way! Transcendental, and a fitting tribute.
Here is the BEST thing. They might be hard-core, badass, cool and other great examples of girl power and whatnot, but they don’t shy away from being breathtakingly vulnerable. Here’s the softer, and in my opinion, stronger version of Warpaint, demonstrated in Baby.
From soothing to sexy, here’s Biggy. Dat riff, man.
Trying really hard not to post ALL the songs from the eponymously titled album here, but its so hard. Specially when they have wicked bass riffs like in Feeling Alright.
ANGELS. I’M CONVINCED THEY’RE ANGELS. Listen to Teese if you don’t believe me.
Ending this blog post on an ironic note, with a song called ‘hi’. Moody stoner rock.
Oh you don’t have to thank me. The pleasure’s all mine.