Date: Sunday, May 21, 7:30 p.m.
Venue: Mermaid Stage
Don’t leave early — Warpaint will close out the Mermaid Stage Hangout weekend. The group specializes in an innovative and hypnotic form of indie rock laced with shoegaze overtones.
In 2008, Warpaint released its debut EP “Exquisite Corpse,” which was mixed by John Frusciante of Red Hot Chili Peppers fame. Shortly after its release, Chili Peppers bassist Flea introduced drummer Stella Mozgawa to the band. Mozgawa is an accomplished session musician who has worked with such artists as Kurt Vile, Regina Spektor, Kim Gordon and Tom Jones. Even though she stays busy with session work, Mozgawa says Warpaint is her “biggest creative outlet” and completes her needs as an artist.
“Being in a band and writing music with people and having that collaborative experience is different from just playing drums on a record,” Mozgawa said. “It’s a lot more involved and intimate in a way. I think that I would get bored if I was just a session musician, and I would get bored if I was just in a band. I need both to be satisfied.”
Warpaint will entertain the Gulf Shores audience with cuts from its latest release, “Heads Up.” According to Mozgawa, the album captures the spirit of Warpaint’s live show more than any of its previous releases.
“Before, we were so adamant to not put anything on the record that we couldn’t play live,” she said. “The moment that we decided to break that rule, we ended up with a record that sounded a little more live. It sounds a little more aggressive. The drums are a little crunchier and the sounds are a little more aggressive and intense than previous albums. Maybe that’s what helps match it with the live show.”
The Mermaid Stage’s intimacy should be the perfect setting for experiencing Warpaint. Artists ranging from Michael Franti to J. Roddy Walston & the Business have used the stage to provide some of Hangout Fest’s most memorable performances. Warpaint’s set should be no different.