Warpaint, for those of you who don’t know, is an all-female, experimental, rock band from LA and they seem to like Texas because they already played Houston once about two months ago and SXSW a few weeks ago. The whole set was excellent but my two favorite songs were “Stars” and “Elephants”. Emily Kokal and Theresa Wayman provided haunting, mournful, vocals that only intensified the power of the somber melodies the rest of the band played. Emily Kokal (guitar and lead vocals) and Stella Mozgawa (on drums) were hands down the best performers in the band. It was hard to take my eyes or camera off of Emily Kokal; she seemed to exude some kind of dark electricity during the performance. It’s hard to explain to anyone who hasn’t seen her live but she’s an excellent performer. Warpaint definitely brought it.
“Grandfather Child” was the last act and regrettably I didn’t stay for their entire set because I was sort of worried about whether or not my car was gonna get towed but I saw about five songs and thoroughly enjoyed them. They’re a local band and I’ve seen them on a lot of different bills so I don’t think it will be last opportunity to enjoy their music this summer. Grandfather Child’s music contains elements of funk and blues with a generous helping of beautiful lap steel guitar playing. The vocals were bluesy and soulful too which was a huge shift in style from the elegiac crooning of Warpaint. It added an extra dash of variety to the lineup. It was a great show overall (plus my car never got towed). With four bands on one bill, the chances are pretty high that at least one of them is going to suck but to my delight, they were all excellent.