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Warpaint is an American indie rock band from Los Angeles, California, formed in 2004. Since its inception, the band’s lineup has included Emily Kokal (vocals, guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals) and Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, backing vocals). The band’s current drummer is Stella Mozgawa.
As early as 2011, drummer Stella Mozgawa, in an interview with NME, expressed the band’s intention to “experiment and write with one another” as the current line-up had never composed songs “from the ground up” together. Bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg further indicated that most of the newer songs were written by “just jam[ming] and free-flow[ing] onstage”. In February 2013, Guitarist Theresa Wayman confirmed to NME that the band intended to create a minimalist sound on Warpaint, revealing that the band developed songs at soundchecks, and experimented more with acoustic guitars and percussion instruments on the album. Lead vocalist Emily Kokal noted that R&B and rap music was an influence on Warpaint and stated that on the album there are “things that have drum machines and ambience, music that’s more than standard rock.” Kokal added that the album is largely keys-based, which contributed to the overall sound being “definitely different” from the band’s previous album The Fool (2010).
Produced by Flood and mixed by Nigel Godrich, Warpaint is due to be released in Germany, Ireland, Netherlands and Switzerland on January 17, 2014; January 20 in Denmark, France, Sweden and the United Kingdom; and January 21 in Spain and the United States on Rough Trade Records. A snippet of the album’s lead single, “Love Is to Die”, was featured in an advertisement for Calvin Klein on September 25, 2013 and later as part of a teaser for an upcoming documentary of the same name about the recording of Warpaint. The single was released on October 28 with the pre-ordered digital version of the album.
On November 20, Warpaint performed “Composure,” from The Fool, as well as new songs “Love Is to Die” and “Keep It Healthy” on BBC 6 Music with Steve Lamacq in the United Kingdom. The next day, an article from the December 2013 issue of Dazed & Confused magazine appeared online, providing insight into the making of the new album, as well as the accompanying documentary, filmed by Jenny Lee Lindberg’s husband and filmmaker, Chris Cunningham.Lindberg later confirmed in a November 24 interview on XFM that Cunningham’s documentary would be made available shortly after the album’s release.