Probably one of the best gigs i've been to recently, when rock band Warpaint came to town I bought tickets to see them asap. With there melodic sounds backed by badass vocals and talent that makes me question how they aren't more renowned and celebrated, off I went to the o2 ABC with my music savvy pal Laura to get our fill of Warpaint goodness and we were not disappointed.
With a strong setlist of classic fan favourites, new material and tracks from their latest album , self titled, Warpaint. We were in for a show, kicking off with I'll Start Believing, a track off there new single release for No Way Out (WHICH IS KILLER, GO LISTEN RIGHT NOW). The girls were straight in and hit the show off with a bang. No hiccups or glitches, the show was set for smooth sailing. These girls truly know how to play. At one with there instruments they plowed through their packed setlist filling out roughly an hour and half set, giving a generous encore. Ending on Diggy//Very, (I think...) a favourite of mine, they had the crowd rocking out, and what a crowd they brought... packing out the entire ABC which can hold a fairly big crowd.
With it being my first time seeing them live, I was dubious, as with any act you are seeing live for the first time... will they be as good live as on the record. As for Warpaint, I'd say they are even better live than on the record. Don't think the record gives their vocals quite enough credit with some powerful performances coming from Emily Kokal & Theresa Wayman on lead vocals.
Over all a bloody amazing performance that has left me leaving wanting more and super excited to see what they come out with next. By the sounds of No Way Out & I'll Start Believing, I'm pretty excited.
On another note, Warpaint brought along as support new duo The Gardens who seem to be making there own genre all in its self.
Punk rock twin brothers Wyatt & Fletcher Shears hail from Orange County, California and seem to be developing a new sound all of there own, I can only describe it as Punk rock meets a little Grimes. A couple of characters indeed, they performed a cool opening and get people in the mood for some Warpaint. With short songs and catchy lyrics The Garden have an addictiveness that leaves you wanting more, with their longest song lasting 2 minutes max. Very interested to see where these two young men go with their music, I suggest you check them out and have a listen, or check out there documentary on Dazed & Confused Youtube channel (I'll link below)
Overall, a stand out gig and fun night! Cannot wait to see both Warpaint and The Garden.