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Celebrate two decades of Warpaint

Twenty years ago today, in a small studio on Fairfax Boulevard in Los Angeles, indie quartet Warpaint was born. To mark the anniversary of their formation, they are thrilled to announce the release of a new 7”, ‘Common Blue’ b/w ‘Underneath’, out on March 22nd on Rough Trade Records.

For their first new material in two years, Warpaint reunited with Rough Trade, the label behind their debut album and creative home for most of their existence. “It makes us smile to release them in collaboration with friends and family at Rough Trade,” the band say, continuing “It feels like a perfect return to where it all began! With these new songs we tie a bow around this time in our lives, and all the experiences and songs we’ve shared over the years. It’s been an incredible journey and taken us all over the world sharing good times with beautiful people. Our hearts are full!”

One of indie rock’s most acclaimed bands, Warpaint combines psych, post-punk, dream pop and other elements to wondrous effect. Their breakout 2008 EP Exquisite Corpse caught the attention of Rough Trade Records who signed the band and put out their critically acclaimed debut full-length The Fool in 2010. That record was followed by their 2014 self-titled album and Heads Up in 2016, both also on Rough Trade. Warpaint released their most recent album Radiate Like This in 2022.

Warpaint’s Theresa Wayman says of ‘Common Blue’, “It started with the chord progression on guitar. Jen and I jammed it in her living room in Echo Park and it became a song. We sent it around the houses (Stella and Emily’s houses) and all its elements were brought to life. It’s intended to inspire freedom! Common blue. Rising up again and again, climb a ladder to the sky, catch the view like a butterfly! Everything is possible… it ain’t over till it’s over!”