The album was recorded at House on the Hill—a studio in downtown Los Angeles, California—and Papap's Palace, with additional recording taking place at each band member's home studios.
Describing the process of recording individually, Mozgawa said: "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"; Lindberg said that each member "was allowed to have their space, time and creative freedom with songs".
Following their parents' divorce when Lindberg was only 2, she and her sister were raised by their mother, Lindberg had a "chance encounter" with Emily Kokal during one of Sossamon's DJ sets, soon after relocating to Los Angeles, and formed Warpaint with her, Theresa Wayman and Sossamon on Valentine's Day 2004.
After rehearsing and composing original material alone for 18 months, Warpaint began performing regularly in Los Angeles and self-released their debut extended play, Exquisite Corpse, in August 2008.
Heads Up is the third studio album by the American indie rock band Warpaint.
It was released on September 23, 2016 on Rough Trade Records.
Vocalist and guitarist Emily Kokal collaborated with folk musician Paul Bergmann, contributing vocals to Bergmann's extended play Romantic Thoughts (2015); and bassist Jenny Lee Lindberg released her debut solo album, Right On! According to Lindberg, each member's projects gave the band a "fresh perspective" when writing material for Heads Up.Since then "The Stall", "So Good", "Heads Up" and "Today Dear" have also been performed live.Upon its release Heads Up received critical acclaim.She is the daughter of Sherry Sossamon, a nurse, and Todd Lindberg.She is the sister of actress and musician Shannyn Sossamon.