NME.COM

An introduction to... Warpaint

  • The line-up, from left: Stella Mozgawa (drums), Theresa Wayman (vocals/guitar), Emily Kokal (vocals/guitar), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass). Head here to stream Warpaint's debut album 'The Fool', and watch a selection of video interviews/live performances.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Singer-guitarists Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman met aged 11 while singing in a choir.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Stella relaxes backstage at Manchester venue The Deaf Institute. Fact: Warpaint's original name was the super-wussy I Love You.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Emily limbers up before a gig. Celeb fact: she used to go out with Red Hot Chili Peppers guitarist John Frusciante.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Rough Trade signed Warpaint before they'd ever seen them, purely on the strength of their demos. Head to NME.COM/video to watch a behind-the-scenes video of the band's NME photo shoot.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Warpaint formed in Los Angeles in 2004 on Valentine's Day. The original line-up featured the Hollywood actress Shannyn Sossamon, who starred alongside Heath Ledger in A Knight's Tale.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • The band's interest in tarot cards, astrology and general spiritual stuff has seen them labelled as hippies - though Theresa is quick to point out that they "don't have dreads and smell."

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Warpaint's atmospheric, understated sound has drawn comparisons with The xx, with whom they toured in the US. The two bands hit it off, and ended up doing karaoke after a show in Montana. Romy from The xx did 'Dreams' by Fleetwood Mac, apparently.

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Indeed, there's a Stevie Nicks-esque witchiness about Warpaint. According to Emily: "I'd like to be a witch when I get older. That's basically the retirement plan."

    Photo: Danny North/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010

  • Bookmark our Warpaint artist page to stay updated on the latest news, tour announcements etc.

    Photo: Tom Oxley/NME

    Added: 03 Nov 2010