Upon swiping my 16-25 travelcard to get out of the tube station with the same name as that Belle and Sebastian song (Mornington Crescent), I am immediately greeted with the sound of desperation, "WARPAINT TICKETS, ANYONE SELLING WARPAINT TICKETS." My short walk to Koko is sound tracked by these determined voices and I realise the rampant excitement and fuss this indie band from LA have caused in little ole Camden town.

Emily Kokal (vocals, guitar), Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals) Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, backing vocals) and Stella Mozgawa (drums) graced us with their present at the resplendent Koko as part of a series of NME Awards Shows with Austin, Texas. Scouse trio All We Are kicked off the night's musical festivities and after a short break to relieve my bladder and grab a beer at the bar, I made my way to the lower deck of the venue which had become tightly filled by eager fans. The energy that encompassed the old theatre progressed rapidly as every second passed beyond the 9pm time the girls of Warpaint were suppose to start. When the lights began to dim and a wave of cheers and claps escalated from the front to where I was standing all animosity was replaced by pure elation.


They took to the stage with a huge image of their current album cover projected behind them and the atmosphere the five-some created within seconds was bewitching. They kicked off the show with the instrumental 'Intro' from their self-titled album released just a month prior. I expected the majority of their set list to consist of songs from this very record and I was not disappointed. The Californian's played the heartbreaking first single 'Love Is To Die' as well as 'Hi', 'Biggy' and the upbeat 'Disco//very'.

It wasn't all 'out with the old, in with the new' though. The band played a few of their fan favourites that got the crowd singing along, such as 'Billie Holiday', taken from their 2009 EP, Exquisite Corpse, as well as 'Undertow' and Composure' from their first full-length The Fool. The group played for over an hour before they left the stage only to be brought back on by the thunderous noise of feet-stamping, cheering and shouting coming from everyone that attended the sold-out show. They gratefully returned to the stage with the ataractic 'Baby' which flowed perfectly into 'Elephants'.

Emily Kokal's voice on every track sounded as hauntingly beautiful live as it does recorded and along with her band mates, Warpaint put on one hell of a Tuesday night show that was the perfect exhibition of their undeniable talent and powerful stage presence.


To view the full gallery from the night, head here.