Monday, March 15, 2010

The Beat Boxed: Warpaint

I just realized I forgot to post my last Beat Boxed article on Warpaint, one of my FAVORITE Los Angeles bands!
I have mad respect for these three beautiful female artists and that one badass male drummer. I’ve been lucky enough to see Warpaint perform live many times and have stood front row with hips swaying, head bopping, and jaw dropping. I just let them take me away into this gorgeous ethereal hypnotic state. Their live shows are mesmerizing and when you close your eyes it’s as if you’re laughing and running against the wind through an open field and into a dark forest with bright streams of light filtering in. This is definitely a band to watch for in 2010.

The music of Warpaint is filled with energy and although at times it can be dark and eerie, the sounds are always beautiful. All parts work together to create something so surreal. The chemistry is natural and everything is perfectly unperfected. The sound really strips you down to a raw and unpolished state and just lets you feel.

As I interpret Warpaint into an interior I feel such a beautiful sense of mystery with this sweet, dark, and supernatural feel. When Warpaint was asked which movie best described their music the answer was Poltergeist, which literally means, “noisy spirit.” Each individual piece is beautiful, but the spirit behind the pieces is much darker. The Smoke and Mirrors piece deceives the eye while the Rope Lights dangle like nooses above the bronze sculpture. Soft feminine details of the moulding contrast with the raw concrete floor to create a slightly chilling effect. You can’t listen to Warpaint without, at some point feeling like you’re running through the forest, so this lamp is perfect with its turned base that emerges from an actual tree branch. Sit back and relax as the “Felt Up” chair wraps around you with its soft and gentle form and protects you from the beautiful eeriness that surrounds.


  1. Sweet article!

    I also had the privilege of seeing them play live a few times, last June, but they don't have a male drummer anymore now, they're with a lady called Stella Mozgawa.

  2. Oh bummer about the drummer! Well I guess it's an exciting all female band. I am definitely going to be checking out the residency at Spaceland this month and can't wait to see Warpaint at the end of the month and I'm really excited to see Stella:-)

  3. Yeah me too! I'll be seeing them in May for their Europe tour. Stella's getting awesome reviews, people say she's "out of her mind" and "a machine", very positive things. She's playing with Andy Clockwise too, tonight at The Troubadour. I think Spaceland will be packed... Warpaint is so hyped up now and they'll be playing with Dot Hacker, that's Josh Klinghoffer ;)