Copious amounts of that special incense wafted through the air as the seductive nature of Warpaint‘s music brought awe to all those who listen. The Regency Ballroom knew exactly what to expect; Monday’s show was the embodiment of the psychedelic experience.
Veiled by blue and violet lights, Warpaint created the musical atmosphere most artists can only dream of: sex, drugs, and rock n’ roll. Not too mellow nor too intense, the sea of sounds accompanied by the ethereal lighting and visuals produced a dream-like environment that would have spun even the most skeptical listener into a hypnotic trance.
The all-female quartet began the night with “Feeling Alright;” and fulfilled their prophecy. With multiple howls of love and encouragement besetting the band from all over the audience, there was certainly reciprocation in the performers’ stage presence. Each musician danced to her own content and moved along accordingly with the intensity of each song. In the same way that Warpaint’s vocals and instruments seemed to echo throughout the room, the energy and vitality of their performance seemed to volley between the audience and the band.
Guitarists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman wove notes together to create intricate layers of melody; it was difficult not to feel the groove with Jenny Lee Lindberg’s bass reverberating throughout the grand venue; and if not for Stella Mozgawa’s drumming to ground the performance, our minds and bodies may have floated off into space.
The last song of the night was “Elephants,” during an encore that did not fail to please. Clocking in at triple the length of the original track from Exquisite Corpse (2008), Warpaint’s updated live rendition of “Elephants” was, simply put, a roller coaster of sound. As we listened to the extended piece anticipating each little change of rhythm and flow, the band, lost in their own reverie, jammed out as if the night would never end.
In case you couldn’t make the show, we captured it best we could, below.
Article and photos by Joseph Choe