WARPAINT PERFORM “NEW SONG” ON “THE TONIGHT SHOW STARRING JIMMY FALLON”
Acclaimed L.A. foursome Warpaint performed their hit “New Song” on “The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon” December 16—watch the performance in full here.
The performance caps off a massive year for the band, whose critically acclaimed third album Heads Up was released in September. “New Song”—which The New York Times says “feels, actually, like an old song: something from the end of the 1970s when punk, disco and Minimalism found common ground in repetition, simple chords and a danceable thump”—topped radio charts nationwide, and the band toured the U.S. twice to celebrate the release.
NPR Music filmed the band’s October Washington, D.C. show as part of their Front Row performance series. Watch the entire concert here. Further touring is to be announced for 2017.
A new remix of “New Song” recently premiered from Soulwax—listen here. The band previously shared takes on “New Song” from Beastie Boys’ Mike D and Jono Jagwar Ma. Watch the band’s self-shot video for the original version, available now on YouTube after debuting as a Facebook exclusive, here.
Heads Up continues to receive critical praise:
“From the start, Warpaint has been knocking on the door of an aesthetic that captivates by playing off the tension between hard-driving rhythms and spectral atmospherics. At the 9:30 Club, with smoke catching the lights and plumes of guitars mingling with Stella Mozgawa's titanic drums, the band brought its records to life on a whole new scale.” –NPR Music
“Heads Up reveals a unified front. Artfully layered and often beat centered, it’s an indie-rock album both brooding and frisky, with a few tracks, like “New Song,” that veer toward the euphoric.” —The New York Times
“Warpaint keeps it groovy and sensual on Heads Up, its third full-length album. Warpaint songs are constantly in motion—guitars shape-shift around the beat, vocals slither around the rhythms and melodies evolve rather than command. Lead single ‘New Song’ is also further evidence that Warpaint is a rock band that knows how to dance. The band may specialize in spare atmospheres, but that doesn’t mean it still can’t shake and saunter.” –Los Angeles Times
“Heads Up signals a turn away from otherworldly psychedelic soundscapes in favor of a terrestrial one: the dance floor…the band sounds as sure and ebullient as ever.” –The New Yorker
“Heads Up gives the group’s inner disco ball a few extra spins. This is an album influenced as much by contemporary R&B and club music as it is the textured guitars and ambient arrangements of 4AD outfits such as the Cocteau Twins and Throwing Muses that wafted through its earlier albums.” –Chicago Tribune
“Heads Up is definitely vivid. The hooks are hookier than they’ve ever been, the vocals are pushed up in the mix and many of the songs—like the instantly addictive disco-pop lead single ‘New Song’—snap to structures that have more in common with Taylor Swift than Robert Smith. More than ever, you can pick up on how much fun the band has making music together. You can even imagine [tracks] like ‘New Song’ and the beat heavy ‘Dre’ working on dance floors at places that aren’t goth clubs.” –Playboy
“Warpaint aren’t selling out to pop music—they’re bending pop towards the gravity of their bewitching update of post-punk and dream-pop, and it’s thrilling to watch.” –LA Weekly
“Some bands you see live every time they hit town. Not because they’re your band necessarily, or even the band. You go because they’re a band – a live band for the ages. Outside Emo’s after Warpaint let out on Thursday night, that refrain played over and over from rapturous patrons: ‘It was my first time, but I’ll never miss them again.’” –The Austin Chronicle
“Warpaint doesn't care what you think. Over the course of 12-plus years, the Los Angeles quartet has worked to refine their genre-busting brand of moody, atmospheric rock without a care for much outside of their own creative impulses.” –San Diego CityBeat
“The liveliest, most mature record of their career” –Vogue
“Heads Up is a step forward and finds the band at peak confidence, tweaking their sound, and experimenting with dancier grooves and euphoric beats” –NYLON
Warpaint is Emily Kokal (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums, vocals) and Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals). Heads Up follows their critically beloved debut EP Exquisite Corpse, 2010’s The Fool and 2014’s Warpaint.
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