After a successful debut with the single Silent Lover, London-based band Paradisia have released their second track Warpaint. The single is scheduled to be released in November and follows up a premiere show at London’s MOTH Club. Edyta K went along to photograph and find out more about this enigmatic band.
Alex Maxwell and her band opened the evening and the young singer and songwriter presented mostly her own compositions and two very brave cover versions, Frank Sinatra‘s famous New York, New York and The Doors‘ 1967 single People Are Strange.
She declared herself as a die-hard fan of The Doors but I was not really convinced by her interpretation of the song. What made her performance stand out though was her magnetic voice. Without a doubt, Alex’s voice really shone through during her own compositions and it is a shame that it somehow got lost in those cover versions.
Paradisia drew a huge crowd and the tiny MOTH club was packed. There was no free space left on the dance floor when Sophie-Rose (vocals), Anna (harp) and Kristy (vocals, keyboard) accompanied by three male touring members took to the stage
Paradisia opened their set with a couple of covers including Pray You Can Catch Me by Beyonce and Dancing In The Dark by Bruce Springsteen. Both took my breath away with their unique interpretation and stunning harmonics. I had never thought that The Boss’ classic tune could sound so feminine and sweet.
But it was the new single that gave me goosebumps. Warpaint is a hidden gem. It is a song about female solidarity and empowerment but as with all Paradisia’s work, it is rather a touching story than a rebel yell. It is one of those songs you want to listen to while wrapped up in a blanket with a cup of hot tea warming up your hand, perfect for those upcoming long cold nights.
The single Warpaint is out now and you can listen here:
Review and photography by Edyta K. Paradisia live at MOTH Club, London 8th November 2016.