John Harris

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Warpaint, Cate Le Bon, St Vincent and why rock’s future is female

Metallica headline at Glastonbury next weekend, but their testosterone-driven act now looks absurd all the more so when innovators such as California’s Warpaint share the bill

The day I meet them, Warpaint are in London. The next day it’s Manchester. Then there’s an appearance in Mexico City, and a festival in Tennessee, after which they will bounce through Louisville, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Minneapolis, and New York. Then comes Glastonbury, followed by outdoor events in Holland, Belgium, Denmark, Poland (more of which in a moment), and more.

When the band toured the world to promote their first album, The Fool, the work spread itself over a mind-boggling two and a half years, and their brutal schedule took its inevitable toll. Now, guitarist, singer and multi-instrumentalist Theresa Wayman makes a point of finding yoga classes in whichever city she finds herself. Drummer Stella Mozgawa talks about the imperative to be "really respectful of each other. Take your space, and do what you need to do. If you need to go for a run or watch a movie and be alone in the dark, you have to do that."

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