Posts Tagged ‘Heads Up’

Less than three years have passed since Warpaint’s self-titled second LP, but a clutch of side projects from each of its members separate it from their new record: Jenny Lee Lindberg released a solo album as JennyLee. Emily Kokal worked with Saul Williams and Paul Bergmann ; Stella Mozgawa featured on a Kurt Vile EP and Theresa Wayman worked on a project called Boss.  Now, the foursome return with Heads Up, which was led by a new song called, yes, “New Song.”

Warpaints music makes the most sense in the dark. And while Heads Up might be the quartet’s glossiest, catchiest work to date, it still seems to be guided by heavy mood lighting. Each of its 11 songs shares a romantic and lonely atmosphere, like the dance floor of a club after everyone has cleared out. The ghosts that linger throughout the album carry a similar sense of eerie vacancy. The hooks — “You sure look good” in “Dre,” or “You know what you’re doing” in “By Your Side” — are the kinds of things you overhear as you walk home on a Saturday night. And the music -– all stuttering drums and humming bass, with Emily Kokal’s vocals dreamily floating in the mix -– follows you like footsteps, revealing its power as the night blurs on. This track, taken from Warpaint’s 2016 album, Heads Up, Soulwax got their disco-fevered paws on the original and bongo-ed the shit out of it. The result is like a tropical island getaway for the ears. Into it.

After taking some time away from each other to concentrate on solo projects, the members of Los Angeles band Warpaint released their album back in September with a new album, Heads Up.

“I feel really proud of what we made—almost surprised and shocked,” bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg . “When we were making it, I was like, ‘I wonder what this is going to sound like? How’s this going to come together?’ I love the way that it came together so nicely. I feel so proud of it, and like it’s an evolution of our band. It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint.”

Heads Up is Warpaint’s third full-length album and first since 2014’s self titled album. Late last year, Lindberg released Right On.  After a solo record under the name jennylee. In addition, guitarist/singer Theresa Wayman formed Boss with Sarah Jones and Guro Gikling  and put out a single called “I’m Down With That.” Another member of Warpaint, Emily Kokal, appeared on songs by Saul Williams and Paul Bergmann.

Warpaint played a handful of European festival dates during the August period. When the hazy LA rockers released ‘New Song’ in early August, it was a complete surprise: Warpaint does pop. There’s more where that came from on third album ‘Heads Up – ‘By Your Side’, ‘So Good’ – but they still remain true to the moody atmosphere of their previous work elsewhere.

Warpaint, ‘Heads Up’ Track Listing

1. “White Out”
2. “By Your Side”
3. “New Song”
4. “The Stall”
5. “So Good”
6. “Don’t Wanna”
7. “Don’t Let Go”
8. “Dre”
9. “Heads Up”
10. “Above Control”
11. “Today Dear”



Warpaint have announced a follow-up to their very good 2014 sophomore self-titled album. It’s called Heads Up, and apparently sees the LA rockers going in a more dance-oriented direction. “We’ve always had this really jammy, high-energy live show compared to some of our records,” the band’s Emily Kokal said in a statement.

The lead single is the inventively-titled “New Song” it’s certainly more driving and immediate than almost anything they’ve put out before.

This track, taken from Warpaint’s 2016 album, Heads Up, sounds nothing like Santana, though. Soulwax got their disco-fevered paws on the original and bongo-ed the shit out of it. The result is like a tropical island getaway for the ears. Into it.