If John Hughes had invented a girl band.... It probably would have been Warpaint

Warpaint, are an all-girl – no, make that all-woman – four-piece from LA. They look like Ally Sheedy in The Breakfast Club (Evidence A: above) and they sound like Rhinemaidens with guitars and drums (Evidence B: their acclaimed album, The Fool, out on Rough Trade last year). This week they’re playing the UK, and, as band member Theresa Wayman explains, their on-stage rep will precede them.

“Seeing four women playing music that you wouldn’t expect them to play kind of catches people off guard some times,” guitarist and vocalist Theresa told esquire.co.uk. “As feminine as we are, we enjoy having a more powerful, aggressive set. We’re not just playing emotional chick music.”

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Wayman met guitarist and vocalist Emily Kokal at school in Oregon and bonded at their “dorky” sleepovers (“Then I got into boys and it all went downhill from there”). After moving to LA they recruited Jenny Lee Lindberg (bass and vocals, and sister of actress and former band member Shannyn Sossamon) in 2004, and two years ago added Australian drummer Stella Mozgawa. Now, Warpaint are ready to bring it: “We’re not prissy girls and we’re not prima donnas,” says Wayman. “Touring can be rough and we just roll with that.”

Warpaint play The Junction in Cambridge on 11 May. For more dates see myspace.com/worldwartour