Ok so we expected Los Angeles-based band Warpaint‘s long-awaited return to be good, but this good ?  Wow. It’s a glorious return in which the band, fresh from solo projects reform and sound reinvigorated and seemingly free from some of the existential angst that marked elements of their earlier work.  There’s certainly an unfettered aura of joy that bursts forth on the first offering from their upcoming third album album ‘Heads Up’ –  ‘New Song‘ encapsulates a new spirit and sense of rejuvenation and is arguably Warpaint at their most upbeat and effervescent. In many ways, it’s a perfect pop song and one which could, given the correct set of circumstances, induce an urge to dance around a campfire at a music festival as the sun sets, free from the shackles of bourgeois affectations such as …. clothing or dignity, just prior to being arrested by the local constabulary.

The band’s third studio album, which sees them reunited with producer Jacob Bercovici—with whom they’d worked on their debut EP ‘Exquisite Corpse’ marks another bold new stage in Warpaint’s continuing evolution. It was apparently influenced by artists as eclectic as Janet Jackson, Björk, Kendrick Lamar and Outkast – bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg explained  “I feel really proud of what we made—almost surprised and shocked, When we were making it, I was like, ‘I wonder what this is going to sound like? How’s this going to come together?’ I love the way that it came together so nicely. I feel so proud of it,it sounds like a mature version of Warpaint.” – (Pre-order the album here.)

In support of the new album which is released via Rough Trade Records on 23rd September , the band will embark on a huge tour including a local one for us as part of  Liverpool Music Week on October 26th. It will be the first time we’ve caught them since our infamous Glastonbury experience (which after Warpaint’s wondrous, mesmerising set went steadily downhill and involved a spiked drink, terrifying hallucinations, a Shetland pony called Roy and the unedifying sight of a grown man weeping on a windswept hillside.)

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September 19                                             Seattle, WA                                             The Showbox

September 20                                           Vancouver, BC                                   Imperial Vancouver

September 21                                             Portland, OR                                        Wonder Ballroom
September 23                                             Oakdale, CA                                    Symbiosis Festival

September 24                                          Long Beach, CA                                 Music Tastes Good

September 25                                           Las Vegas, NV                                         Life is Beautiful

September 27                                          Englewood, CO                                         Gothic Theatre

September 29                                          Minneapolis, MN                                        Varsity Theater
September 30                                              Chicago, IL                                                    Thalia Hall
October 1                                                      Detroit, MI                                           St. Andrews Hall

October 3                                                    Toronto, ON                                     Danforth Music Hall

October 4                                                Washington, DC                                                9:30 Club

October 6                                                    Boston, MA                                    Paradise Rock Club

October 7                                                   Brooklyn, NY                                                      Warsaw

October 8                                                  New York, NY                                The Bowery Ballroom

October 9                                                 Philadelphia, PA                                         Union Transfer

October 12                                             San Francisco, CA                                            The Fillmore

October 13                                              Los Angeles, CA                                  The Fonda Theatre

October 22                                                  Bristol, U.K.                                Simple Things Festival

October 23                                               Edinburgh, U.K.                                             Queens Hall

October 24                                              Manchester, U.K.                                               Albert Hall

October 26                                                Liverpool, U.K.                                                 The Dome

October 27                                                 London, U.K.                                      The Roundhouse

October 29                                                 Paris, France                                         Pitchfork Festival

October 30                                            Cologne, Germany                                      Live Musik Hall

November 1                                             Berlin, Germany                                                         Astra

November 2                                       Amsterdam, Netherlands                                            Paradiso

November 4                                           Reykjavik, Iceland                       Iceland Airwaves – Húrra


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