Live Review: Warpaint @ Crawdaddy, October 21st 2010

Posted: 03/11/2010 in Uncategorized

***As published on Culch.ie on October 24th 2010***

Since the release of their 2009 EP Exquisite Corpse, Los Angeles all female four-piece Warpaint have garnered quite a bit of attention – a ‘buzz band’ in every sense of the word. Tonight’s show falls on the eve of the release of the band’s debut album The Fool ­– which, if advance reviews are to be believed, might just be one of the finest debut offerings of 2010. Crawdaddy as a live music venue can be claustrophobic at the best of times – but tonight’s packed-to-the-rafters sell out affair is certainly not for the faint of heart. The common approach seems to be to find a vantage point and stick to it, and let such luxuries as purchasing a pint or a trip to the bathroom wait until after the show. As the lights dim and the band finally appear on stage, one question prevails – will tonight’s live performance live up to the hype that precedes it?

Short answer: yes. From the moment Warpaint take to the stage they totally captivate the audience with their intricate psychedelic guitar riffs, driving bass and drum rhythms, and dreamy vocals – all delivered with an assured collective confidence which many established bands would be envious of. Warpaint don’t possess in-your-face stage presence; what they possess is something far more unique – they are four incredibly talented musicians who are unafraid to display their passion for what they do, and get completely lost in the music they create. The way the band gel together onstage adds an extra dimension to the music as heard in its recorded form, and makes the show as entertaining to watch as it is to listen to.

‘Undertow’, the undeniable stand-out track from The Fool, is the early highlight in a show which manages to engage the audience quite literally from beginning to end. Although for many the gig may be serving as somewhat of a showcase for the tracks of the new album, a startling amount of people are already visibly familiar with the new material – fans clearly embraced the online buzz which surrounded The Fool in the run up to the album release, devouring any available preview tracks or streams. The more familiar moments are still derived from Exquisite Corpse however, with the band closing out the set a raucous rendition of ‘Elephants’, before returning for a one-song encore in the form of the haunting ‘Billie Holiday’.

As Warpaint depart Dublin to embark on a European tour, rest assured that if you missed them this time – they’ll be back. The release of The Fool will only further strengthen the hype – hype which should not only be believed, but embraced.

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