Heads Up, the highly anticipated third album from Los Angeles-based band Warpaint, is set for release September 23 via Rough Trade Records. The first song from the new album, “New Song,” premieres today. Listen to it here and pre-order here.

Heads Up was recorded after the band spent 2015 apart working on solo projects and their own endeavors. Reuniting in January of this year, the band invited producer Jacob Bercovici—with whom they had worked on their debut EP Exquisite Corpse—into the studio to begin work on the new LP. The band spent time recording in their House on the Hill studio in downtown Los Angeles, their own home studios and Papap’s Palace, and—for the first time ever—recorded in pairs and alone rather than as a full band, allowing for a new creative freedom.

“The doors were a little more open in terms of what was accepted and what wasn’t, because we were sharing ideas so rapidly between us,” says the band’s drummer Stella Mozgawa of the recording process. “The roles that each of us individually had—or had established—were a little more malleable.”

“Everybody was allowed to have their space, time and creative freedom with songs and figure out, ‘I wonder what the best notes would be? I wonder what the best part would be to play?’” says bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg. “Everybody got to sit and go, ‘What do I want to do on this? What’s my part? What’s my role? How can I make it the best?’”

The result is an album influenced by artists as eclectic as Janet Jackson, Björk, Kendrick Lamar and Outkast.

“I feel really proud of what we made—almost surprised and shocked,” says Lindberg. “When we were making it, I was like, ‘I wonder what this is going to sound like? How’s this going to come together?’ I love the way that it came together so nicely. I feel so proud of it, and like it’s an evolution of our band. It sounds like a mature version of Warpaint.”

To celebrate the release, the band will embark on a global tour this fall, including dates at Seattle’s Showbox; Chicago’s Thalia Hall; the Music Tastes Good Festival in downtown Long Beach alongside The Specials, Melvins, Kate Tempest, Squeeze, De La Soul and more; The Bowery Ballroom and Warsaw in New York and The Fonda Theatre in Los Angeles. For tickets and more information, please visit warpaintwarpaint.com. See below for full itinerary.

Warpaint is Emily Kokal (guitar, vocals), Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass, vocals), Stella Mozgawa (drums, vocals) and Theresa Wayman (guitar, vocals). Heads Up follows their critically beloved debut EP Exquisite Corpse, 2010’s The Fool and 2014’s Warpaint.


September 19                                             Seattle, WA                                             The Showbox

September 20                                           Vancouver, BC                                   Imperial Vancouver

September 21                                             Portland, OR                                        Wonder Ballroom
September 23                                             Oakdale, CA                                    Symbiosis Festival

September 24                                          Long Beach, CA                                 Music Tastes Good

September 25                                           Las Vegas, NV                                         Life is Beautiful

September 27                                          Englewood, CO                                         Gothic Theatre

September 29                                          Minneapolis, MN                                        Varsity Theater
September 30                                              Chicago, IL                                                    Thalia Hall
October 1                                                      Detroit, MI                                           St. Andrews Hall

October 3                                                    Toronto, ON                                     Danforth Music Hall

October 4                                                Washington, DC                                                9:30 Club

October 6                                                    Boston, MA                                    Paradise Rock Club

October 7                                                   Brooklyn, NY                                                      Warsaw

October 8                                                  New York, NY                                The Bowery Ballroom

October 9                                                 Philadelphia, PA                                         Union Transfer

October 12                                             San Francisco, CA                                            The Fillmore

October 13                                              Los Angeles, CA                                  The Fonda Theatre

October 22                                                  Bristol, U.K.                                Simple Things Festival

October 23                                               Edinburgh, U.K.                                             Queens Hall

October 24                                              Manchester, U.K.                                               Albert Hall

October 26                                                Liverpool, U.K.                                                 The Dome

October 27                                                 London, U.K.                                      The Roundhouse

October 29                                                 Paris, France                                         Pitchfork Festival

October 30                                            Cologne, Germany                                      Live Musik Hall

November 1                                             Berlin, Germany                                                         Astra

November 2                                       Amsterdam, Netherlands                                            Paradiso

November 4                                           Reykjavik, Iceland                       Iceland Airwaves – Húrra

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