#81 Savannah Van der Niet
"Warpaint is like what I imagine the hokey fictionalized all-female rock bands in films like the 1988 Justine Bateman/Julia Roberts vehicle, Satisfaction, must have been trying, yet failing miserably, to portray: four incredibly talented musicians, with strong individual identities, coming together to create a sound that’s not only fully engrossing, but unique unto themselves. It’s rare to find a group with such balance, where each member melds in such a manner that they carry equal weight, pushing layers of liquefied woven sound in any given direction as a unit—they understand sonics. Since my first exposure to them, via the slow-motion grooves of their “Disco//Very” video, I’ve been half-convinced that these women were sirens, beckoning me with mesmerizing tranquil harmonies, only to discard my broken torso among the crashing tide. The pummeling, unbridled, improvised outro by their crack rhythm-section, made up of Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass) and drummer Stella Mozgawa, confirmed it. These ladies venture into some dark shark-infested waters when they want to."
Photo by Christopher Altenburg.
Interpol. photo by Eliot Lee Hazel