Warpaint are currently in the midst of an arena tour supporting Depeche Mode, and while that trek regrettably skipped Boston, it did give the band an off night to play a more intimate club show than their last few appearances in the city. After stops at the Royale (where I last caught them in 2014) and the Paradise (which I skipped to see Saint Vitus last year…), Brighton’s sold-out sub-500 capacity room was a change in atmosphere that even the band acknowledged. The confines suited the set, however, which felt loose and freewheeling without breaking the spell of the band’s eerily effortless sound. They drew heavily from last year’s Heads Up and 2014’s self-titled, and while I could’ve gone for a few more cuts from 2010’s The Fool – which I’ve rediscovered a love for lately – who am I to complain? Seeing this band is always a treat.
Boston’s Lady Pills were Warpaint’s hand-selected opener for the night, following their Facebook-announced contest for opening slots in Albany, Boston and Philadelphia, and the band’s noisy and inventive take on the power trio was a great complement. See photos from both sets below.