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Warpaint: Sound in motion

Have you ever had to step out of your comfort zone? Enrique volunteers to pen an article after shooting the Warpaint concert at St. James Powerhouse, Aug 2nd.



Shooting an event is common for me. Shooting a dance, performance or concert is quite the norm too.  But writing an article and shooting a concert at the same time? That was quite an experience. I was quite worried at first that I might be too engrossed in my photography to pay attention to the music.

I was already into Warpaint before, but their live performance totally blew me away. As they started performing, the crowd began swaying to the music. And before I knew it, I was doing so as well.

The Warpaint I am talking about has nothing to do with war or paint. They are an American art rock group from Los Angeles, formed in 2004. Their music transcends genres, defying the boundaries of art rock, indie rock and even dreampop.

They consist of Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass/vocals), and Stella Mozgawa (drums).

A little bit of trivia: Warpaint was formed in the same year as Paramore. And like Paramore, it took a few years before they were finally heard, slowly building up a fan base as an indie group. Last year, Warpaint was nominated for the BBC's Sound of 2011 poll and was featured on the cover of Beat magazine's winter 2010 launch issue.

This is a good sign, as it will expose their music to the world. Going mainstream won’t be easy, what with the current trend of having a new artist on the radio every other day, but I’d keep my eye on them. My instincts tell me they will make it big someday soon.

If you asked which songs off their album Fools (2010) I like the most, I would have to say ‘Undertow’ and ‘Billie Holiday’. I don’t have the words to explain it; they just affected me the very first time I listened to them.

Give them a shot—listen to their music, lyrics and get lost in their world!

Listen to their album online at
Photos: Enrique Yang unless otherwise specified.

This article was submitted by one of our campus spies, at our invitation. Look forward to more such articles — who knows, you might be the next one we approach!