Warpaint: 'If we didn't have tension the music wouldn't be good'

Band say they operate as a "democracy of dictators"

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Warpaint's Emily Kokal has said that the tensions between her and her bandmates are crucial for making music.

The LA band are interviewed in this week's NME, which is on newsstands or available digitally tomorrow. Speaking about their new self-titled album, which was released earlier this week, Kokal likened the band's working process in the studio to a "democracy of dictators".

"There's a lot of give and take," she says. "That's a part of our process as a band, that's inside the music. If we didn't have that tension I don't think the music would be that good."

Bandmate Stella Mozgawa adds of their working relationship: "We're all ladies, we're all emotional bitches, you know. Our job is getting along, understanding each other, and we're still working it out every single day."

Yesterday (January 20), Warpaint released a teaser clip from a new documentary about the band, which is directed by Chris Cunningham. The film has been shot over the past two years, during the making of their new album – scroll down and click to watch.

Earlier this month Warpaint announced details of a one-off London show. The band will play London's Electrowerkz on January 22 before their full UK tour kicks off the next day at Brighton Dome.

Warpaint play:

London Electrowerkz (January 22)
Brighton Dome (January 23)
Oxford O2 Academy (25)
London KOKO (February 18)
Leeds O2 Academy (19)
Liverpool O2 Academy (20)
Bristol O2 Academy (21)


To check the availability of Warpaint tickets and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/TICKETS now, or call 0844 858 6765.

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