Enjoying decent flat whites, Sydney's northern beaches and chilling with Mum and Dad, Warpaint's LA-based drummer and sole Aussie Stella Mozgawa is loving being back home.
With Warpaint's acclaimed third album Heads Up released last year, Mozgawa and co will kick off their 2017 tour schedule with four Australian shows.
Current RHCP guitarist Josh Klinghoffer performed drums and guitar on the EP in 2007.
It was followed by their full-length album The Fool in 2010.
Warpaint formed in Los Angeles on Valentine's Day 2004.
The original lineup consisted of childhood friends Wayman and Kokal alongside sisters Lindberg and Shannyn Sossamon.
An imminent album, (out December 11), and a tour with a new band releases her from the shackles of a bass strap and invites her centre stage. Then over the last year I thought, ‘You can’t live like that.
Today she’s just returned from New York where she played her second show in support of the release (the first was in a local bowling alley: “I didn’t want anyone to come. New York was similarly terrifying but, to Jenny’s comfort, also Having alleviated herself of her neurosis, leaving the bass parts to someone else, she’s focused entirely on living in the moment. I don’t give a fuck, I’m gonna go for it, roll around on the floor. Stop holding yourself back from all the things you should do.’” , with its beguiling mix of bass-heavy motorik, Cure-ish guitar lines and dark dreampop melodies, has grown from a self-released demos compilation to a Rough Trade debut LP with a proper live tour.
I also notice that her t-shirt is on inside-out (I make the decision not to tell her).
“I may be loose,” says Jenny Lee Lindberg, aware of her own hippy reputation.
“But I’m a perfectionist within my looseness.” Over the course of an hour spent with the LA-residing Warpaint bassist and newly solo artist, I grow convinced that there is a method to her free-spirited yet self-controlled madness.
Plus, we've always had a lot of electronic elements in our music, but it's been overwashed by the live sound." Despite the worrying internet rumours, plus the easily misconstrued time apart, Mozgawa is happy to confirm there was no actual Warpaint breakup.
"There was a bit of exhaustion at the end of touring our last record," she shares, happy to set the record straight.