Warpaint announce Edinburgh gig

Los Angeles dream rock quartet Warpaint have announced a series of UK and European tour dates – and will be stopping off in Edinburgh in October.

The four-piece are embarking on a two-month long tour starting in Bristol in October and finishing up in Reykjavik in November.

Among the cities on the band’s UK touring schedule are Manchester, Liverpool and London.

Warpaint visit the Queen’s Hall in Edinburgh on October 23.

In the early days of the band, Warpaint played only in private, for themselves, with no aspirations of becoming a next-big-thing.

“We always tried to play from an emotional place,” says singer/guitarist, Emily Kokal. “That seems to be what we instinctively used music for – a cathartic experience, getting something out.”

The band first came to public attention with their John Frusciante-produced debut EP in 2007, but it was 2010’s The Fool LP that cemented their major-league credentials, providing a sumptuous, soulful take on indie rock.

Live, Warpaint have a formidable reputation, and like to extend their songs and let them veer off in all sorts of directions.

“We’ve always done that, says guitarist Theresa Wayman, an occasional actress who had in a minor role as a food service girl in The Rules of Attraction. “We’ve always liked to extend the ends of songs, or do little interludes, or find ways to keep the show fresh and ways to keep it feeling like we’re not just playing by the book.

“We want the audience to experience a moment that no one else has, or will. We used to jam the end of songs for ten minutes, sometimes. I feel like, as a performer, you just have to do what you want to do and not think about standards; enjoy yourself.”

Warpaint, Queen’s Hall, Clerk Street, October 23, doors 7pm, £18, 0131-668 2019

Warpaint Tour dates:

Bristol, U.K. Simple Things Festival (October 22)
Edinburgh, U.K. Queens Hall (October 23)
Manchester, U.K. Albert Hall (October 24)
Liverpool, U.K. The Dome (October 26)
London, U.K. The Roundhouse (October 27)
Paris, France Pitchfork Festival (October 29)
Cologne, Germany Live Musik Hall (October 30)
Berlin, Germany Astra (November 1)
Amsterdam, Netherlands Paradiso (November 2)
Reykjavik, Iceland Iceland Airwaves (November 4)