Warpaint – ABC – 28/10

Coming in on the back of intensifying interest and critical acclaim touring new material can seem a daunting task. As the first stop on their world tour Glasgow was undoubtedly serving as the testing ground, evident in obvious nerves plaguing the vocals of the first few songs.

Fortunately joking with the audience about occasional fuck ups helped them gain confidence as the band members started switching instruments frequently.

The stuttering “Bees” opened with drummer Stella Mozgawa providing an impressive dual drum track whilst lead singer Emily Kokal’s haunting vocals are far removed from their studio counterpart. Setting the scene for the atmospheric inventiveness that followed was hook laden “Composure”, with its harmonic, chiming guitars and seventies dub bass. As the set swept together, their talent as creative composers took front and centre. Their hit single “Undertow”’s conventional chorus provided a nice contrast to the rumbling bass pattern and sampling of one cut from their second album previewed tonight.

Several songs benefited from extensive jam sections which deviated significantly from the original score. This expansion was the highlight of their set, with the improvisational approach holding the audience captivated. A magnificent soundman prevented them seeping into My Bloody Valentine territory as the effects piled up and likewise the light riggers use of raving strobe flashes to a seductive red glow during “Baby” completed an almost flawless live vision. A perfect start to a tour, and definitely a band to see again and again.

[Dom MacInnes]

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