CMU Approved

Approved: Warpaint

By | Published on Monday 24 May 2010

I’m not really sure why we’ve not written anything about Warpaint here before. It’s certainly not because we don’t like them. Actually, since Team CMU en masse caught them live for the first time at The Great Escape earlier this month, we’ve kind of gone a bit floppy armed for them. Maybe that explains why they’re only entering the realm of the CMU Approved column now.

The band released their debut EP, ‘Exquisite Corpse’, at the tail end of last year, featuring six tracks of delicate ambient rock with ghostly vocals (a mood created largely with an effect that makes it sound like they’re being sung into a fan). Live they rock out a bit more, taking songs written with a soft touch and kicking them a few times to teach them a lesson about what it’s really like out there in the big bad world. You can see this in action for yourself tonight at The Lexington in London. Sadly, that’s the last date on their current UK tour, but with their debut album due out via Rough Trade at the end of June, it shouldn’t be too long before they return.