Celebrated L.A. quartet Warpaint have returned with Radiate Like This, their first full length in six years, out May 6. “Champion,” the first track to be released from the album, debuts today—listen to the song below and pre-save/pre-order the LP here.
“Being a champion to oneself and for others,” the band says of the new track. “We are all in this together, life is too short not to strive for excellence in all that we do.”
In the six years since 2016’s much-lauded Heads Up, Warpaints four members—Emily Kokal, Jenny Lee Lindberg, Stella Mozgawa and Theresa Wayman—have been busy living. Babies, jobs, tours, solo albums, intercontinental and cross country moves all became priorities, presenting mounting logistical challenges to getting the band back together, as they say, and allowing a little space to think “what if we didn’t?”
Eventually, though, each of the women found themselves drawn inexorably back together. Warpaint is as much a home for them as a band, having been together for nearly 20 years. They had just completed the foundational tracking sessions with co-producer Sam Petts-Davies (Thom Yorke, Frank Ocean, Skullcrusher) when the pandemic hit and they were forced to retreat to respective safety.
What followed was the making of a wholly different Warpaint album. Physically separated by the pandemic, each musician recorded her parts separately—often in makeshift home studios—before sending on to the next, creating songs layer by layer. Deciding to delay the release until they could tour allowed them to further hone each track, spending more time building and rebuilding than they had in the past. The result is a body of work that is sharper and more focused than any of their previous, each song as tight, beguiling and proud as a diamond.
“I was saying the other day that we should’ve called this album “Exquisite Corpse”, but it was already taken,” jokes Kokal, referring to the title of the band’s debut EP. Radiate Like This captures what’s always been the magic of Warpaint—the delicate interplay of four separate parts coalescing in motion—while somehow allowing each individual to shine a little brighter.
The band will make their live return with a run of shows in the U.K. and Europe this spring with global dates to follow. See full tour routing below.
May 9 La Cigale Paris, France
May 11 O2 Academy Bristol, United Kingdom
May 12 Albert Hall, Manchester United Kingdom
May 13 SWG3 Galvanisers Glasgow, United Kingdom
May 14 National Stadium Dublin, Ireland
May 17 De La Warr Pavilion Bexhill, United Kingdom
May 18 The Roundhouse London, United Kingdom
May 20 Huxleys Berlin, Germany
May 21 Live Music Hall Cologne, Germany
May 22 Fabrik Hamburg, Germany
May 24 Paradiso Amsterdam, Netherlands
May 26 Ancienne Belgique Brussels, Belgium
May 28 Progresja Warsaw, Poland
June 1 Zorlu Performing Arts Center Istanbul, Turkey
June 3 Primavera Sound Barcelona, Spain