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Going into battle

With a highly regarded EP and LP release already under their belts, Warpaint seem set to take their post-punk success to a new level in the next twelve months. The Los Angeles group formed in 2004 when Oregon school friends Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman met sisters Jenny Lee Lindberg and Shannyn Sossamon in an LA club. Sossamon eventually left the band to find acting fame in films A Knight's Tale and 40 Days and 40 Nights, with Australian drummer Stella Mozgawa completing the current line-up.

The group were patient in developing their sound, preferring to rehearse in seclusion before bringing early tracks to a live audience. Soon former Red Hot Chilli Peppers guitarist John Frusciante was working with the group on tracks such as Billie Holiday, which used lyrics from the Mary Wells Motown classic My Guy, and would eventually form part of debut EP Exquisite Corpse.

London label Rough Trade signed the four piece, which now included Mozgawa, as Siouxsie Sioux and Andrew Weatherall joined the band and producer Tom Biller to work on album The Fool. Tours in support of The xx, Akron Family and School Of Seven Bells built on an encouraging live reputation forged during March 2010's SXSW as the UK broadsheets began to take notice.

A cover of Ashes To Ashes for War Child's David Bowie tribute album in September quickened the ground swell of attention which came to a head with the widespread critical acclaim of October release The Fool from the likes of NME, The Guardian and BBC Music.

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  • Guardian New Band Of The Day (No 788)

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    "For a band that sound as though they're barely working up a sweat, this slowcore group are causing quite a stir..."

  • BBC News Article

    Read the full article 27/10/10

    "The close-knit relationship extends to the stage, where they often take off on an improvised instrumental tangent during gigs..."

  • 6 Music Interview

    Read the full article 25/10/10

    "All-girl LA fourpiece Warpaint have been subjest to plenty of hype on their trip to the UK..."

  • NME Album Review

    Read the full article 25/10/10

    "The dark purple rumble and hypnotic coo of their vocals swim along, dragging the listener beneath its beguiling surface..."

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  • “Warpaint Play New Song Live.”

    AbsolutePunk 09/07/2012
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    Hit the replies to watch *Warpaint* (http://www.warpaintwarpaint.com) playing a new song live at the recent Les Ardentes Festival.

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    Dream-pop quartet kicks off European tour with a new song.

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The Fool

LA four-piece re-imagine 80s goth and tap into a singular slo-core style.

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6 Music | Chris Hawkins 06/12/2010
Radio scotland | Edith Bowman's Album Show Episode 2
Shadows (Neon Lights Remix)
Radio 1 | Nick Grimshaw Vampire Weekend Fresh off Stage

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08 September 2012
Robin Hill Country Park, Newport, UK
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