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I think they are good.


akm, Thursday, 7 October 2010 06:27 (thirteen years ago) link

They're very good -- had to miss a recent show of theirs around here, which bummed me out greatly, but I saw them last year around this time opening up for School of Seven Bells and they were fantastic.

Ned Raggett, Thursday, 7 October 2010 06:28 (thirteen years ago) link


Weird Al Paca (SeekAltRoute), Thursday, 7 October 2010 06:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Whoa. Wow. That's pretty great.

AIDS Denali (kkvgz), Thursday, 7 October 2010 11:50 (thirteen years ago) link

Huh, apparently they were just in town last night opening for the lol xx.

AIDS Denali (kkvgz), Thursday, 7 October 2010 11:56 (thirteen years ago) link

decidedly unimpressive, alas, opening for xx in Montreal.

sean gramophone, Thursday, 7 October 2010 12:52 (thirteen years ago) link

i liked it. a bit. but, the vocals on youtube stream sounded all messed up like they are being pushed thru fx badly.
are they really like that on their records (and with a hi-production video like that i am assuming they have some backing), or fucked up just for the online world ?

mark e, Thursday, 7 October 2010 13:02 (thirteen years ago) link

the lol xx.

Am desperately trying to picture a Lol Tolhurst fronted xx right now.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 7 October 2010 13:27 (thirteen years ago) link

eh, I think they're kind of blah, and this from a guy who likes the xx

(e_3) (Edward III), Thursday, 7 October 2010 14:39 (thirteen years ago) link

Can't bring myself to click Play on the YouTube embed. The girl looks like someone from an MTV reality show -- windswept hair, white laced shirt with black bra intended to show through. Am I out of my mind?

I'm gonna mention ilxor in everyone of my posts until I get dn'd (ilxor), Thursday, 7 October 2010 14:45 (thirteen years ago) link

just click on it u corny indie fux0r

(e_3) (Edward III), Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:12 (thirteen years ago) link

Hmmm, moderately attractive girls playing unoffensively mediocre 'post rock' - yep, they'll be huge, all right.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:22 (thirteen years ago) link

Dude you missed: also one is wearing a bedsheet and another is half-nurse, half-Obi Wan Kenobi. Siiigghhh...

kkvgz, Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:24 (thirteen years ago) link

also one is wearing a bedsheet

A common feature of girls on MTV reality shows, naturally.

I'm gonna mention ilxor in everyone of my posts until I get dn'd (ilxor), Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:26 (thirteen years ago) link

Song's alright, btw.

I'm gonna mention ilxor in everyone of my posts until I get dn'd (ilxor), Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:27 (thirteen years ago) link

Wait. Half-Nurse, Half-Obi Wan should be amended to 1/3 nurse, 1/3 obi, 1/3 kurt cobain.

kkvgz, Thursday, 7 October 2010 15:28 (thirteen years ago) link

Downloaded their ep last night and I like it a lot, mostly. Mark e won't like it - the vocals are slightly processed throughout, from that buzzing to some tremelo and toggled-sounding bits. I don't really listen to a lot of contemporary indie, so I can't say whether it's "mediocre post-rock" as if asshole could fly says, but most of the traacks are really good as far as I'm cOncerned. I did see some live videos on youtube however and they have zero stage presense in comparison to the video. But the ep is good, at least.

kkvgz, Friday, 8 October 2010 20:54 (thirteen years ago) link

there is a youtube of them doing a song at reading or something earlier this year and they can certainly sing, the vocals on the record are processed but it seems to be an aesthetic decision more than anything else.

also wtf shannyn sossamon was their drummer.

akm, Friday, 8 October 2010 22:40 (thirteen years ago) link

heard them for the first time here in Portland opening for Zola Jesus a few weeks back and was quite impressed by their immense live sound and neo-shoegaze aesthetic, but i don't think the EP really reflects their current vibe at all. it's a much tamer affair, and a tad disappointing (note: was at EXACTLY the same level of intoxication in both cases, so of course my opinions here are scientifically valid).

see they have a disc coming out on Beggars Banquet soon, hopefully it'll display their recent sound better....i'm willing to give it a shot.

(I Just) Died In Your Asshat Tonight, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 02:25 (thirteen years ago) link

see they have a disc coming out on Beggars Banquet soon, hopefully it'll display their recent sound better....i'm willing to give it a shot.

I'd only heard a few tracks--by which I was impressed but thought jammed on too long--before the new single, which is definitely far more accessible stuff. There's an edit of it floating around that, naturally, on the album is a ~6 minute long track.
One of the better singles to come out this year, I think.

AlexPh, Tuesday, 12 October 2010 02:40 (thirteen years ago) link

yes to what alexph said. although when it came on the radio i did wonder if it was an obscure early 90s american take on shoegazing. arresting nonetheless.

and the sheets and wind machines notwithstanding, the video for elephant is similarly arresting.

consider me convicted.

yeah whatever (whatever), Monday, 25 October 2010 21:46 (thirteen years ago) link

I am totally sold on these girls (women). Tix go on sale for their DC show on Friday.

skip, Monday, 25 October 2010 21:48 (thirteen years ago) link

give me a break.

If Assholes Could Fly This Place Would Be An Airport, Monday, 25 October 2010 21:49 (thirteen years ago) link

You mean you'd like them more if they were all Salemed out?

Ned Raggett, Monday, 25 October 2010 21:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Really excited to pick this up later today, even with the disappointing (and slightly offputting) Dusted review today.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 13:32 (thirteen years ago) link

how is it? i completely forgot it was coming out today. Wish i had wireless here so i could pick it up.

Str8 Drapin It (chrisv2010), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:21 (thirteen years ago) link

I'm curious to hear this as I liked the mini-album/ep thing last year.

But seriously WTF @ that review.

Perhaps I should just stop reading any reviews of any musicians I like, ever again.

Wheal Dream, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:29 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, what a horrible review. I was really uncomfortable at first, thinking it was a guy writing the review, but even after seeing it was (apparently) by a woman, it still felt ten kinds of awkward.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:33 (thirteen years ago) link

What on earth do Warpaint have to do with The Slits?

What on earth do a woozy sprawling psychedelic band have to do with a dub-influenced post-punk band? In what universe are these two bands even remotely alike? Next up, in incongruous genre comparisons, Magnetic Man taken to task for not sounding like Television.

Wheal Dream, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:37 (thirteen years ago) link

Apparently the reviewer felt it was of the utmost importance to compare them because they all have vaginas.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:41 (thirteen years ago) link

That's a fucking horrific review.

Captain Ostensible (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Very uncharacteristic of Dusted too.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:53 (thirteen years ago) link

Only really came into this thread because of that review TBH. Not really sure what L. Edmonds was attempting here at all. Entirely too many references to zeitgeisty talking points that are not dealt with in any type of satisfactory way.

It is just surprising coming from Dusted, which is pretty dependably not shitty (I have no idea what this band is about, but the streaming song did not seem as uninteresting as the review made them out to be at all, just based on the guitar work and changes etc.).

I guess it is not surprising that this is L. Edmonds first review for Dusted. I commented recently that I didn't understand how Dusted managed to keep the quality level so high while providing 3 reviews a day that most assuredly are unpaid. Touche.

grandavis, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:54 (thirteen years ago) link

Uhh, what Jon said.

grandavis, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link

I like the part where music is only valid if you are making "sharp noises about heroin or shoplifting or forced mutilation", but not if you just sing about broken hearts.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:55 (thirteen years ago) link

The weird thing is, when I first heard Warpaint, I thought "hey, this sounds a bit like Slumber Party" and then immediately thought it was unfair because of the "is it because they are women" thing - but to be honest, "woozy post-Velvets psych with female vocals" is a lot more of a cohesive genre signifier even though Warpaint are a lot more expansive and sprawling and epic while Slumber Party are more intimate and concise and perfect pop.

x-post I missed it completely because I saw "sharp noises about heroin or shoplifting or forced mutilation" being some kind of Velvets reference because I was so tunnel visioned on "woozy post Velvets psych"

Wheal Dream, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 14:59 (thirteen years ago) link

Seriously that was a horse shit review.

Str8 Drapin It (chrisv2010), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:27 (thirteen years ago) link

i kinda like that dusted occasionally has batshit terrible reviews

bows don't kill people, arrows do (Jordan), Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:31 (thirteen years ago) link

i generally like dusted a lot, but that review was strange, and uncharacteristic.

Daniel, Esq., Tuesday, 26 October 2010 15:32 (thirteen years ago) link

that song up top kind of reminds me of angel'in heavy syrup if they were lifting more post-punk and less psych

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 18:00 (thirteen years ago) link

angel'in heavy syrup is the jam btw, you should all listen to them.

this band is pretty good too. i'll probably pick this up based on the two songs i've now heard.

call all destroyer, Tuesday, 26 October 2010 18:05 (thirteen years ago) link

majesty is good. digging this so far.

Str8 Drapin It (chrisv2010), Wednesday, 27 October 2010 15:21 (thirteen years ago) link

Really love this album, so good. The closer, "Lissie's Heart Murmur" is so solid. Some really lovely textures throughout.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 28 October 2010 03:03 (thirteen years ago) link

Really like this. It's weird, the songs themselves aren't that and I could imagine being bored shitless by them live, but the SOUND of the record is fantastic and manages to pull them up. The guitars sound so great.

Matt DC, Thursday, 28 October 2010 08:45 (thirteen years ago) link

*it's on Spotify now!

And wow, this is *LUSH*... (in the OMG amazing hugeness swoony beauty kind of way, naught to do with the band) They do have that guitar tone and that dreamy feel - funnily enough, I was listening to all those really early Verve singles recently because of the shoegaze poll and really, this band manage to capture that sense of warm woozy spaciousness.

Wheal Dream, Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:32 (thirteen years ago) link

Yeah, I was listening to this and thinking about Lush, but also thinking a little about Ut too. Especially Ut ca. Griller.

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:38 (thirteen years ago) link

No, I don't think they sound like Lush. I think they sound lush. I meant the adjective not the band.

Wheal Dream, Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:46 (thirteen years ago) link

Well er, Lush sound kind of lush sometimes...

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:49 (thirteen years ago) link

In quite different ways. Lush (band) were much spikier than this, they had much more going on in the drumming, they tended to use a quite blocky guitar sound, lots of solids and bold colour washes - this is much more strings and filaments of sound. Much more meandering than Lush ever were.

Wheal Dream, Thursday, 28 October 2010 09:52 (thirteen years ago) link

Getting deep into the second half and yeah, I see what you mean.

Harrison Buttwhistle (NickB), Thursday, 28 October 2010 10:05 (thirteen years ago) link

I still haven't heard the new album yet, but I'm giving the self-titled record a spin again and it still holds up. The new one'll have to be something special to dislodge Warpaint as my favourite album of theirs.

pen pineapple apple pen (Turrican), Thursday, 29 September 2016 21:18 (seven years ago) link

So yeah, finally getting around to hearing the new one and, yeah, it's clear that they've attempted to make more of a song based record this time around, which I have no problem with, but I think the previous record was more them.

pen pineapple apple pen (Turrican), Sunday, 9 October 2016 19:25 (seven years ago) link

New record feels like a no man's land between their usual atmospheric tendencies and trying to create more structured songs. This feeling of not going all the way comes off as endearing to me.

Ross, Sunday, 9 October 2016 20:23 (seven years ago) link

I've come around after a full listen, not allowing myself to skip anything. Even "New Song" sounds pretty good.

calstars, Tuesday, 11 October 2016 13:16 (seven years ago) link

I can understand why someone would say it's a halfway house between what they were doing and taking a full-on pop approach, but I don't find this album to be anywhere near as atmospheric as the previous two. If they could somehow combine the jamming of the second album with the more tangible vocal melodies of the new one, they'd be onto a winner. At the moment, though, the second LP is still the one to beat.

pen pineapple apple pen (Turrican), Tuesday, 11 October 2016 17:04 (seven years ago) link

I tried to give the self-titled another shot last night, but I still didn't like it. Different strokes I guess!

On a positive note, I listened to jenny lee lindberg's solo album again this morning for the first time since it came out and I really loved it.

how's life, Thursday, 13 October 2016 12:09 (seven years ago) link

Caught their show in SF last night and I thought the newer stuff sounded much better live. Such a killer live act!

Chantilly Bass, Thursday, 13 October 2016 20:57 (seven years ago) link

Section fron "Don't Wanna" through the title track has been killing me.

how's life, Monday, 17 October 2016 09:35 (seven years ago) link

I haven't been feeling like returning to this after the first couple of listens. I haven't given up on it, but I'm not exactly craving to hear it either.

pen pineapple apple pen (Turrican), Monday, 17 October 2016 22:41 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

Agree "Don't Wanna" onwards is a solid stretch. I've been re-evaluating this record in comparison to their S/T and the new one is not quite freewheeling. The grafted on edits and overdubs make this much more of a studio record, which does not completely work to Warpaint's strengths as a jam heavy, loose live band. Conversely, as experimental as this record is, it's far more concise and compact than the S/T - and controlled. I think basically I agree with Turrican.

Ross, Thursday, 17 November 2016 23:00 (seven years ago) link

*not quite as freewheeling

Ross, Thursday, 17 November 2016 23:01 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

never really occurred to me until spotify played them back to back, but they really owe a lot to mid/late period blonde redhead

blonde redheads have more fun (upper mississippi sh@kedown), Friday, 24 March 2017 18:25 (six years ago) link

Funnily enough, I gave Heads Up a re-listen the other night and it really clicked for me!

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Friday, 24 March 2017 20:25 (six years ago) link

"Don't Let Go" kicks so much ass but "Dre" is the wildcard

Carlotta's Portrait (Ross), Friday, 24 March 2017 21:26 (six years ago) link

My favourites are 'By Your Side', 'The Stall' and 'Above Control'

Coolio Iglesias (Turrican), Friday, 24 March 2017 21:37 (six years ago) link

one month passes...

I love this album as much as the last one. Thicker, busier, woodier sound in many ways (especially in the bass guitar) and the arrangements are a touch busier, but it's not them going pop beyond 'New Song' (which is great).

The extended groove at the end of 'So Good' might be my favourite bit.

Who do they sound like? Which other bands put this much focus on the rhythm section?

Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 12:00 (six years ago) link


Hey Bob (Scik Mouthy), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 12:12 (six years ago) link

Stella is their secret weapon

calstars, Tuesday, 2 May 2017 20:38 (six years ago) link

I like the new one more than I did, but the self-titled record is still their finest LP for me. I hope their next record is more based on them jamming rather than trying to write compact songs.

The Anti-Climax Blues Band (Turrican), Tuesday, 2 May 2017 20:58 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

I think the new one is their best TBH

Week of Wonders (Ross), Saturday, 2 September 2017 22:14 (six years ago) link

I like it more now than I did when it first came out, but it still remains the weakest of their three studio albums for me. I'm hoping for more of a return to their self-titled record on their next album, that to me is where their strengths are.

Warpaint > The Fool > Heads Up

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Saturday, 2 September 2017 22:17 (six years ago) link

three weeks pass...

Listening to the self-titled record for the first time in a long while and still very much finding it as wonderful as I did the first time around. One of my favourite albums released so far this decade.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:12 (six years ago) link

Yeah it's really great. Stella kills on that record (on every one really)

Week of Wonders (Ross), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:28 (six years ago) link

for me it's Exquisite Corpse>Heads Up>The Fool>Warpaint

how's life, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 19:58 (six years ago) link

Yes, it was Stella that brought them to the next level.

calstars, Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:05 (six years ago) link

Yeah, she's superb - I rate her highly as a drummer in general, not just in the context of Warpaint. She seems quite down to earth, no nonsense and bullshit-free in interviews, too.

more Allegro-like (Turrican), Tuesday, 26 September 2017 20:12 (six years ago) link

she is solid on Cate Le Bon records too

Week of Wonders (Ross), Wednesday, 27 September 2017 00:36 (six years ago) link

The fool is still my favorite of all of these.

akm, Wednesday, 27 September 2017 03:08 (six years ago) link

four months pass...


Likely a teaser for a Teresa Wayman solo album.

how's life, Friday, 16 February 2018 11:57 (five years ago) link

Theresa Wayman. Sorry.

how's life, Friday, 16 February 2018 11:59 (five years ago) link

I forgot this band existed

calstars, Friday, 16 February 2018 12:00 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

s & d :: desert sessions is a thread I keep reviving and receiving very little interest, so I'm putting notice in its members' home threads.

☮ (peace, man), Thursday, 3 October 2019 19:24 (four years ago) link

I forgot this band existed
But I love Stella so good for her

calstars, Friday, 4 October 2019 00:17 (four years ago) link

one year passes...


Cool Jenny solo track

calstars, Sunday, 15 November 2020 20:22 (three years ago) link

Thanks for the reminder of this good band! I previewed what was prob their first Columbus OH show:
Saturday @ The Summit
Plausible intrigue keeps psych sirens Warpaint’s EP,
Exquisite Corpse,from getting lost in space. Input from RHCPs Frusciante and Klinghoffer may help, but mainly we’re fed cosmic musical clues and led far between the lines. “Billie Holiday” sometimes evokes Neil Young’s “The Needle and the Damage Done”, appropriately for the subject, but why does the presumably innocent “My Guy” fit just as well? Maybe because spooky fixation is thee odds-rockin’ Warpaint. “Beetles” could be about bombs, drugs, finance charges, and/or music: things suddenly too hot to handle or get rid of.

dow, Sunday, 15 November 2020 21:25 (three years ago) link


calstars, Sunday, 22 November 2020 22:40 (three years ago) link

five months pass...


“Made for Love”
I guess a one off single?
Stella sounds great

calstars, Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:09 (two years ago) link

It sounds great! Hoping it's a sign of more to come, it's been a long five years.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 4 May 2021 21:13 (two years ago) link

Oh right, they were featured as themselves in that HBO show, which was kind of a funny pick to be that character's favorite band, but it was cute.

change display name (Jordan), Wednesday, 5 May 2021 14:56 (two years ago) link

eight months pass...


New album, Radiate Like This, out May 6th. I'm really excited, it's been a long wait.


01 Champion
02 Hips
03 Hard to Tell You
04 Stevie
05 Like Sweetness
06 Trouble
07 Proof
08 Altar
09 Melting
10 Send Nudes

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 26 January 2022 14:43 (one year ago) link


calstars, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 14:56 (one year ago) link

I'm happy they decided to make another one.

Jenny Lee Lindberg put out a couple singles last year, including one with Dave Gahan on guest vocals.


peace, man, Wednesday, 26 January 2022 15:42 (one year ago) link

10 Send Nudes

johnny crunch, Thursday, 27 January 2022 15:16 (one year ago) link

I been sending dirty pics
Hope they make it to the cloud

Nabozo, Thursday, 27 January 2022 15:37 (one year ago) link

Hoping "Stevie" is a Royal Trux cover

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 27 January 2022 19:07 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Holding out until my copy gets here Tuesday, but super excited to hear it.

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Friday, 6 May 2022 17:49 (one year ago) link

Giving it a cursory phone speaker listen right now and definitely enjoying it. Really like Stevie, Altar, and Melting so far. Going to have to go back and listen on better speakers or headphones though. Warpaint albums usually take a few listens to open up for me.

peace, man, Friday, 6 May 2022 20:14 (one year ago) link

tried to give this a listen last night and just couldn't get into it, I fear that I'm one of those people who thinks their first few releases are excellent and everything since is blah...

akm, Sunday, 8 May 2022 15:57 (one year ago) link

I take it back, I really like this one. It doesn’t vary much in mood but it fits my maudlin and unhappy spring feeling at the moment.

akm, Thursday, 12 May 2022 03:45 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

Looking back Champion was as good as anything they ever did. Supposedly they celebrate being together for 20 years in spring of next year

piscesx, Sunday, 19 November 2023 02:10 (one week ago) link

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