Los Angeles all-girl quartet Warpaint were a perfect selection for the Mojave Tent at right around sundown on Saturday night at Coachella weekend two.
The band’s brooding melodies and vocal harmonization made new fans out of many who may have been unfamiliar with their work. Vocalists Emily Kokal and Theressa Wayman provide a nice one-two punch as they alternated lead vocals throughout their set. The crowd appreciation for their set built as time wore on, and Warpaint was very appreciative and perhaps even blown away from the response they received.
A large portion of Warpaint songs build in a way where there is almost always a large payoff. Whenever they broke into one of their many solos, all four girls jammed out like they were alone in a room and not in front of a crowd. They closed their set with “Undertow” and “Elephants”, two of the more hypnotic and trance-inducing songs from their catalog.
Coachella veterans, there’s a reason the group has been brought back a number of times to perform at the festival and this will hardly be the last time they’re featured on the bill.
Words: Mark E. Ortega