Wolfmother - A new age band for children of the 60's and 70's
I am a child of the 70's, I grew up listening to The Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Creedence, Bob Seager, the list goes on and on. My parents could best be defined as "biker hippies" if there is such a thing. My mother especially loved classic rock, and therefore I was inundated with it at a very young age. I came to appreciate it in a way most of my peers couldn't. Yes, by high school most of my friends were listening to Pink Floyd and Led Zep, but I think it was for reasons other than my own.
Well, the bad thing about classic rock is that they aren't making any more of it. Until now. If you haven't heard the band Wolfmother, you've missed an ever evolving group that sounds like they're straight out of the 60's. Andrew Stockdale, the bands front man's influences sounds like a who's who of classic rock including Hendrix, Black Sabbath, AC/DC, Pink Floyd, Beatles, Zeppelin, The Who, The Doors, and even Earth Wind and Fire. Stockdale also lists newer bands including Radiohead, The White Stripes, Black Flag, and Kings of Leon.
Wolfmother's self titled debut album came out in 2005, though the band, originally from Sidney Australia, had been playing together for four years. A record SIX songs were featured on the Triple J Hottest 100 including "Mind's Eye, Joker and the Thief, Apple Tree, Dimension, Colossal, and White Unicorn" Rolling Stone's annual "readers and critics poll" featured the band four times.
By 2006 the band was flying high, landing commercial features with iPod, Guitar Hero II, Saints Row 2, the movie School for Scoundrels, and episode of House, and even Shrek the Third, just to name a few. By early 2007 "Wolfmother" had been certified Triple Platinum.
On August 7th 2007 the drummer Myles Heskett, and Bassist/keyboardist Chris Ross announced that they'd decided to split from the band sighting "irreconcilable differences". Myself as well as many many other fans were saddened by this news. I can only speak for myself here when I say that I was hoping for a second album at the time of the split, and now it seemed that a second Wolfmother album would never come.
Thankfully we only had to wait another two years. In January 2009 with new members Ian Peres on the skins, and Dave Atkins working the bass and keyboard the band reemerged playing a "Sound Relief" benefit concert in Sydney.
Cosmic Egg was released Thursday, August 13th 2009. Their first single "Back Round" had been released as a free digital download.
Dave Atkins left the band in April 2010 with little explanation, but was quickly replaced with Will Rockwell-Scott. Around the same time Andrew Stockdale was featured in "By the Sword" on Slash's self titled solo album.
To date Wolfmother has won 3 APRA awards, 3 ARIA music awards, and 1 Grammy, with 25 total nominations. Andrew Stockdale won the Breakthrough Songwriter award, and Songwriter of the year. Their Grammy was for their rendition of "Woman" where they won Best Hard Rock Performance.
Andrew Stockdale's second effort with an entirely new Wolfmother band behind him were snatched off of shelves as soon as they were stocked it seemed. It took me nearly a week to get my hands on a copy. I put it on with some skepticism, knowing that Stockdale was the only remaining member of the band. I would like to say that I was not only surprised, but found myself liking the Cosmic Egg album even more than the first, not that I thought that was possible. It had a wide variety of sounds and tempos that kept me coming back for more again and again.
I know that musical taste is very selective. But I feel that if you are a child of classic rock as I am, that Wolfmother should fill a void that had been previously left empty since the late 70's.
I hope that some of you find this Hub both informational and enlightening. I also hope that I create dozens and dozens of new Wolfmother fanatics like me.