With a disclaimer that she was sick and losing her voice, guitarist Theresa Wayman greeted the crowd at the Metro last night and promised, “I’m gonna blow it out for you guys!” And that Warpaint did.
The quartet of ethereal beauties sang a mix of airy ballads from both its debut EP and album, Exquisite Corpse and The Fool, as well as the more lively and rebellious tracks from its recent self-titled album, Warpaint. Like modern day sirens, the group sounds as though they’re underwater, serenely dragging you to the depths with their echoing voices.
The four girls, two of which can trace their friendship back to childhood, were constantly interacting playfully. When bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg and drummer Stella Mozgawa touced heads and sang along, when guitarists and vocalists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman danced together, the audience felt as though it were getting a private look into their band practice. When performing “Undertow,” all four members bunched together around Mozgawa, dancing, and Wayman had to bolt across stage to make it back to her mic in time for the chorus. Kokal’s moves, Lindberg’s samba-ing and the general rapport between the four was electric. Their energy got the crowd going. Kokal at one point noted, “Man, this group over here is grooving. You guys should all join them!”
The group aired a non-album song, “No Way Out,” which has been played in other recent shows. We hope it will also be featured on their upcoming documentary produced by Chris Cunningham; it has no announced release date.
When Warpaint returned for an obligatory, three-song encore of “Drive,” “Bees” and “Elephant,” one audience member said, “I’m kind of over encores in general, but these girls are incredible.” Thankfully, they’ll be back for Lollapalooza, too.