Concert Review: Warpaint, July 27, Opera House


One of the best things about seeing Warpaint live is witnessing the interplay between the four members of the band. Watching them getting into a groove and building a certain mood with their music is something to behold. So it was a bit of a bummer to see a minor sound issue stop their opening number “Stars” mere seconds into the show, thus temporarily breaking the spell. Thankfully, the issue was fixed quickly and things were back on track shortly thereafter, leaving the LA quartet to work their magic for the crowd at The Opera House.

The band is currently touring behind their latest album Radiate Like This, which came out back in May of this year. It’s a progression of their sound, perhaps a touch lighter than the band’s previous output, though still a solid collection of songs and unmistakably a Warpaint album.

As I already mentioned, the chemistry between the four members of Warpaint is truly impressive to see in action. I’d seen the band before on a couple of previous occasions, but those shows were probably nearly 10 years ago, so I think it’s a fair bet to say that while they were already quite good then, they’ve surely gotten even better over the years.

That musical chemistry was on display in concert highlights like “Champions”, “Stevie”, “Disco//Very”, “Love Is To Die” and their cover of Fugazi’s “I’m So Tired.” The standout song of their set though was “Melting,” already a beautiful song on record, but the stripped down performance that they played on stage this evening was absolutely gorgeous.

Warpaint are on tour until early September. Go see them if you get a chance. You won’t regret it.

Posted on by Paul in Concerts

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