WARPAINT METRO PEFORMANCE REVIEW

Hey, y’all. Oralis here, guest blogger and friend of Alex (aka soul mate), with a recap of one of my favorite shows to date. Alex and I took our big-haired, short selves to the Metro in Chicago on March 28 to see the LA-based band Warpaint.

I first fell in love with Warpaint when I heard the band’s first full-length album, “The Fool,” during my closing shifts at Urban Outfitters (shout-out to store 151). That album and their debut EP, “Exquisite Corpses,” had me feeling all types of ways — like I was in a trance, dancing around in a meadow, no fucks given. No drugs either. The high I got was purely spiritual, induced by ethereal vocals, hypnotic riffs, and beats that carry a thrilling unpredictability in every song. Needless to say, I was TOO thirsty to see them live at the next opportunity.

About three years later, there I was, front row at the Metro with Alex and my friend Christine, so close I was practically looking up Jenny Lee Lindberg’s skirt. 

The mood was set with what seemed like eternal fog, sporadic strobe lights and a dark, yet serene, whimsy that only Warpaint can exude. They took the stage ready to have fun, opening with “Intro” and transitioning beautifully into “Keep It Healthy,” both off of their new album. The set consisted mainly of new songs with a few oldies like “Bees” and “Billie Holiday.” Lindberg took lead vocals on most songs like a champ, as she had fallen a bit ill the day before.  Drummer Stella Mozgawa had my feet tapping throughout with her impeccable timing (and bad bitch aqua drum set), while bassist Theresa Wayman busted out some salsa-esque moves that had Alex and me crushing on her haaaaard.

One of my favorite songs from the show was “Drive,” which I feel is the sexiest track on the new album, after “Love is To Die.” Using her voice as her own instrument, Emily Kokal really drew me in during that song, especially with the glaring blue light bouncing off her platinum blonde hair. I’ve always been more fascinated by Kokal’s vocals on records but this show proved she’s just as dreamy and fearless on the guitar.

The band generously played two (or three?) more songs for the encore, ending the show with the most heavenly version of “Elephants” I will ever hear. All four of them seemed to have been possessed by some sort of holy ghost because they played that song like they were praisin’ something. Lindberg, Kokal and Wayman expanded the song with a freestyle guitar/bass outro that left me speechless.

What I loved most about the show was the sense of intimacy, which I didn’t expect from a sold-out event. I felt like I was sitting in on a private session or something. You can tell these women are friends more than they are band mates just by watching Lindberg pull an Elaine dance on Wayman as she two-stepped, or catching Kokal lose herself in a solo dance as the others jammed out to “Undertow.” I think their chemistry really mirrored the collaboration and creativity that was put into their new album. Definitely looking forward to future shows.

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