Warpaint at Somerset House

A balmy evening and neoclassical square might not seem the perfect setting for Warpaint, but they like to challenge convention. Smoke drenched shade and purple spectrum lighting provided the backdrop for their angsty art-rock, the second of Somerset House’s Summer Series gigs. Tougher than most dreampop bands, their shimmering pop has a strong shudder to it that reverberates under the balmy skies. Kicking off with Heads Up the title track off their 2016 album they move through the albums, including their 2010 breakthrough The Fool. Elephants veers on hallucinogenic, whilst Whiteout is stealthy and potent and So Good’s dominant bassline powerful. The biggest cheer goes up for Love Is to Die whilst the dance moves come out for their poppiest tune yet New Song. Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman’s guitars fuzz and somersault with thick reverb, whilst drummer Stella Mozgawa keeps rhythm with daring vibrancy and Jenny Lee Lindberg’s soaring bass and stage chat keep the crowd engaged and buoyant. As the night ends to the notes of Disco//Very it’s clear that Warpaint belong here tonight alright.

Published by Francesca Baker

Passionate about music, the world, exploring, literature and smiling. Writing, marketing and events for all my favourite things.

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