Californian dream-pop band Warpaint returned to Melbourne on Friday, February 24th, performing as part of this year's Melbourne Zoo Twilights series.
A mix of hipsters of all ages draped the Zoo's hill, in early for opener, Brooklyn's Big Thief, who began their set with a solo intro from lead vocalist/guitarist, Adrianne Lenker, performing a song not featured on any released album, including their latest Masterpiece. Once Lenker finished the heartfelt song, the band joined in, and their ecliptic indie-rock/pop echoed over the Melbourne Zoo as the daylight faded away and the night chill crept in. The near capacity crowd rendered a warm round of applause as Big Thief finished their set and made way for the headline act.
Warpaint are a perfect match for the Zoo Twilight series, as their progressive indie-skewed sound is warm and peaceful, but with enough gentle, subtle grooves to get a crowd up off the picnic blankets. Their set led with crowd favourites "Keep It Healthy", "Heads Up" and "Krimson", ahead of a finishing run which included "New Song" — the lead from their the latest LP, 2016's Heads Up — alongside a pair from their 2010 debut The Fool: "Baby" and "Bees".
All photos by Carl Neumann.