Gig review: Warpaint, Oxford Art Factory, 8/2/2011

Warpaint @ Sydney Laneway Festival (6/2/11). Pic: creedencerules/Flickr

It’s rare that a support band is perfectly suited to the night in question yet not a carbon copy of the headliner. Richard In Your Mind were a joy to watch live, with upbeat beachy, summer tunes that had party written all over them. Kyu’s Alyx Dennison was on hand for keys and percussion tonight, and the overall vibe was one of friends having fun that quickly became infectious.

To say there was an air of anticipation for Warpaint would be selling their fans short; most were chomping at the bit to see the much-hyped band perform their heart-breakingly gorgeous art rock live. The songs were performed impeccably, a little too perfectly and with some songs there were few surprises to be had watching the foursome. Emily Kokal’s voice soared from deep to yelling highs in Composure and Elephants, whilst Theresa Wayman was brimming with subtle energy in Beetles. Kokal noticed the lack of bass early on, a driving force in their music, and as it became louder in the mix so the set developed cohesiveness.

Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg’s style sits somewhere between funk and psychedelia, and it’s in her riffs that the songs find a place to call home and flourish. Her spirited performance on stage, body pulsing with each beat, was impossible not to mimic on Krimson, an unexpected set highlight as Kokal screamed ‘I always told you I’d be here,’ hitting the sudden key change pitch perfect. It was those moments, when the women on stage seemed genuinely free, dancing around to their own music and Stella Mozgawa’s ferocious drumming, completely immersed in the wall of sound being erected around them, that the audience got an insight into the band beyond static song deliery. Yet, it was Undertow’s chugging guitar riff that heralded a massive cheer from the crowd before its impeccably haunting three part harmonies left an indelible mark in our minds.

Stage banter was at a minimum, thought it was clear the audience were craving a bit of conversation to help form an identifiable band personality. The band responded with a jam encore that, like most improvised guitar moments, had its high points but was ultimately unnecessary and longwinded. Nonetheless Warpaint stand as a fascinating band with a gripping album to their name, and there’s little that will dissuade their fans from loving their performances.

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