Rumour: Line up change/split (updated)

August 4, 2008 by  

Just over a week ago, someone registered on the Wolfmother forums to ‘break’ the news that the band were going to split. They claimed that Chris and Myles were going to leave and that Andrew was going to have to find some new band members. Not surprisingly, with no source to quote other than “I know the band”, this rumour was rubbished by one and all. The poster persisted for a day or two before dissapearing into the ether.

Now the forum has had plenty of bullshit rumours before, not least the Mammoth debacle (several people a day still find this site by searching Google for “Wolfmother Mammoth” – credit where it’s due, that was one rumour that had legs). So it wasn’t surprising that a newly registered member with no source to quote was quickly dismissed.

Today brought that person back, this time with a ‘source’ in tow. Well, to be honest, it still doesn’t verify their claims but it does cast some uncertainty over the band’s line up.

Triple J today announced in their Music News section:

Wolfmother line-up change after Splendour?
Wolfmother tore up the main stage for perhaps the last time with their present line up to close Splendour in the Grass 2008… watch this space for more. Richard Kingsmill talked to the band before they took the stage and delivered this unexpected new twist.

More news about the future of the band as we get it.
04/08/2008 05:35:03

So there is a rumour of a line up change. Whether it’s as predicted, with Myles and Chris leaving the band, we’ll have to wait and see. One thing is for sure, with no more tour dates announced and still no definitive album news, all is not well in the Wolfmother camp right now.

UPDATE – The band’s management have, according to Australia’s Courier Mail, denied the rumour about the line up change. But also confirmed that there has been tension within the band. I guess we’ll wait and see.,23739,24127940-7642,00.html
RUMOURS abounded at Splendour in the Grass with whispers that headliners Wolfmother were playing their last gig featuring the original line-up.

Most speculation backstage on Sunday night centred on bassist Chris Ross leaving the band, or at least hanging up his touring shoes, to spend more time with his family.

Triple J picked up the on the goss as part of their web-based Splendour coverage, alluding to a line-up change but providing no details.

Wolfmother’s management and label yesterday both denied a line-up change is imminent.

“It is no secret that there always has been a little bit of tension in the band but at the moment, there is nothing to tell,” a Modular Recordings spokesman told Confidential. “No one is leaving and it’s business as usual.” According to the label, hair-bear frontman Andrew Stockdale, pictured, drummer Myles Heskett and Ross have laid down a handful of tracks in a Sydney studio which “sound amazing”.

News that Wolfmother remain a pack will be music to the ears of Modular boss Steve Pavlovic, after the label last week revealed accumulated losses of $5.9 million by the end of 2007.


14 Responses to “Rumour: Line up change/split (updated)”

  1. Train Lover on August 4th, 2008 12:16 pm

    gonna shoot myself °_°

  2. Jimmi on August 4th, 2008 1:41 pm

    don’t speak such bullshit… i think its the new guitarist which was rumoured last year…

  3. Rookie on August 4th, 2008 5:06 pm

    well then, i’m happy now. Wolfmother aren’t breaking up, and apparently they’ve at least been in the studio, so we’re getting closer and closer to the album. Plus, since there’s no more scheduled gigs, they’re probably going to get in the studio more often.

  4. some guy on August 4th, 2008 11:28 pm

    I’ve basically given up on Wolfmother. As much as it pains me to say it, the new record is becoming a Chinese Democracy. The least the boys could do is put together a quick EP of cover tunes or demos or something, to hold us off until the record is done.

  5. Frank on August 5th, 2008 12:35 am

    shit…im quickly losing faith in these guys…ive been a huge fan on the band for way to long to have 12 songs keep me interested…whatever the hells going on with them…obviously somethings wrong…if they dont have the albm out y the end of this year…theyre finished

  6. sam on August 5th, 2008 12:38 am

    – their labels in major debt
    – theres tension in the band
    – and theyre second album is way past due

    that spells trouble

  7. Fly on August 5th, 2008 2:23 am

    I’m hoping it’s just a new guitarist or something. The band is way too young to start breaking up now…

  8. Silky on August 5th, 2008 11:48 am

    its a good sign that they started touring a little bit to preview their NEW songs with an audience and then stop touring again. means more studio time
    they are perfectionists

    beeeeeeeeeeee patient
    dont give up on ’em

  9. Nick on August 5th, 2008 7:53 pm

    What the hell is going on? I’m a huge Wolfmother fan and even beginning to give up on them. They better come public and say whats going on so we don’t have to keep waiting…….

  10. frank on August 5th, 2008 9:06 pm

    why is there tension in th band anyways? whats the beef?

  11. matt on August 5th, 2008 9:46 pm

    i really hope they don’t split because it would be a great shame if they did i think they could probably cope with losing the drummer but it just wouldn’t be the same without the brilliant keyboard

    If you cant wait I’ve posted their 4 new songs in full on my youtube page
    here’s the link

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