Warpaint – “Undertow” Live Video

Amrit Singh | August 20, 2010 - 4:45 pm

The ladies of Warpaint give good press shot, look great on video; facts some listeners hold against musical projects, or at least facts that make some listeners hold their bars higher. So far the Los Angeles quartet, who have confirmed the technically terrific drummer Stella Mozgawa as a fixture on the drum throne, have offered the Exquisite Corpse EP, produced by Red Hot Chili Pepper/solo artist/studio magician John Frusciante, though his main contribution was likely his affiliation with the project and its attendant fanfare. Which brings us here, two months before Warpaint release their full-length debut on Rough Trade, with the band in the middle of another endless tour which stopped in Chicago for Lollapalooza and an aftershow at the Cubby Lounge. I went, to see if what I remembered of their live show from SXSW was accurate; turns out it was not, as I remembered them being “quite good” when in fact the set they turned in was practically sublime, certainly breathtaking, and most impressive not just for the quick chemistry the quartet has solidified but the quality of the writing, on songs set for this full-length that’s out in October. So hold the bar wherever you please, I guess is the point. I YouTubed a bit to find “that one song on which they keep saying ‘Undertow,” which it would seem is called “Undertow.” Fair enough. Here it is at a recent tour stop at the AS220 Fest at Providence, Rhode Island. Where previously posted tracks like “Elephants” and “Stars” traded in darkened, gauzy, sporadically dynamic hypnotica, this one is less about groove meditation and more about memorable melody, evocative phrasing, song-structural development. It’s promising for this new record, though you’ll have to excuse the “fan-clip” nature of this video to buy in:

The Fool is out 10/26 via Rough Trade.


01 “Set Your Arms Down”
02 “Warpaint “
03 “Undertow”
04 “Bees”
05 “Shadows”
06 “Composure”
07 “Baby”
08 “Majesty”
09 “Lissie’s Heart Murmur”

Warpaint in the U.S.A.:
08/19 Knoxville, TN @ Pilot Light
08/20 Nashville, TN @ Exit/In (w/Royal Bangs)
09/4 Los Angeles, CA @ FYFest
09/22 Los Angeles, CA @ Hollywood Palladium (w/The xx)
09/23 Oakland, CA @ Fox Theatre (w/ The xx)
09/24 Portland, OR @ Holocene (w/ The xx)
09/25 Seattle, WA @ Paramount Theatre (w/ The xx)
09/28 Chicago, IL @ The Chicago Theatre (w/ The xx)
09/29 Toronto, ONT @ Massey Hall (w/ The xx)
10/01 Montreal, QUE @ Place Des Arts Maissoneuve (w/ The xx)
10/02 New York, NY @ United Palace (w/ The xx)
10/04 Philadelphia, PA @ Merriam Theatre (w/ The xx)
10/05 Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club (w/ The xx)
10/06 Atlanta, GA @ Tabernacle (w/ The xx)
10/08 Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater (w/ The xx)
10/10 Austin, TX (ACL Festival)

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