Doom Buggy& member news

August 9, 2008 by  

Only days after the band as we know it died, Chris Ross and Myles Heskett have announced a new band – Doom Buggy. The ‘band’ has actually been around for a while, their long standing ‘side project’ – but now it is officially an entity of its own (well, I say officially, it’s only reported on Undercover’s site so far). Doom Buggy made an appearance a long time ago, back in August 2007, supporting Tucker B’s. It’s ever-so bad quality, but here’s a video on YouTube of them performing:

There’s even a ‘band’ review from back then:

Doom Buggy’s lineup is essentially Wolfmother, without frontman Andrew Stockdale. One gets the sense that Doom Buggy is a much-needed creative outlet for bassist/keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer/vocalist Myles Heskett – Doom Buggy played a set that was seems to have been brewing secretly for months, with a handful of well developed and fully-formed songs forming their roughly half-hour set. These songs are a significant departure from Wolfmother – The music is largely electronic instrumental, with clear krautrock and IDM influences. Perhaps the closest comparison that can be made is to their Sydney contemporaries Pivot, but Doom Buggy’s set was unique, surprising and innovative. Whether any band that forms as an offshoot to a backlash-attracting band like Wolfmother can be taken seriously by the music community as an independent entity remains to be seen, but tonight Doom Buggy showed that they have arrived, and they demand your ears.

So what do you think? I’m not keen on the name, but I reckon they have some potential. Oddly there is already a band called Doom Buggy, so maybe they will rethink? The fact that no domain names have been registered ( and .net are both registered from way back in 2001/2), and there is no other web presence at all, except the Undercover article and their past performance, makes me think that this might not be official yet at all.


In other Wolfmother news, Undercover claim that the decision to split happened over a month ago, but that Myles and Chris were persuaded to honour their gig commitments until Splendour. They also claim that Andrew has found another member, a Sydney session musician. So it seems that the previous rumours of two American artists is untrue.

More news as a I get it.

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25 Responses to “Doom Buggy& member news”

  1. StockdalMB on August 9th, 2008 1:29 pm

    i was expecting some sort of doom metal type thing with there name lol

  2. sam on August 9th, 2008 2:42 pm

    wow…things happen fast

  3. frank on August 9th, 2008 2:44 pm

    oh man
    no time for mourning eh?
    these guys mean business…seems like theyve been keepin a lot of plans under their hat

  4. Gana on August 10th, 2008 12:15 am

    This is all happening crazy fast…

  5. Silky on August 10th, 2008 12:44 am

    “doom buggy” better have been worth the split

  6. wolfranco on August 10th, 2008 7:52 am

    cant wait to c wot unfolds

  7. scot on August 10th, 2008 8:46 am

    did they say that myles heskit was Drummer/ vocals?

    i wonder if he can actually sing..

    i don’t really like the name though…they could be more creative…

  8. Rookie on August 10th, 2008 5:42 pm

    scot: myles is vocals, but if you see one of the videos, his voice is put through a filter or something to make it sound all techno and robotic.

  9. VancoverDan on August 10th, 2008 11:09 pm

    I did not think they were great. Maybe cause the whole techno thing just isn’t my style. I do not think they were worth the split.

  10. The Vegabond on August 11th, 2008 12:04 am

    I can’t wait to see what Myles and Chris put out. I know it will kick a**! I’m also glad Andrew already has the new Wolfmother in motion. The second album is going to be EPIC!

  11. dude on August 11th, 2008 2:12 am

    Am I the only one who thinks that Andrew is nuts for keeping the Wolfmother name? Don’t get me wrong, I love the music and I am looking forward to see what the two bands do from here, but it seems inauthentic to me that he is trying to ride the wave that was already set into motion with the original trio. Not to mention with a new band there is a possibility of some great recording in the style of Radio Head, The Raconteurs and NIN, and the ability to put the new album out as soon as possible and without any corporate interference. Wolfmother has split; it may be sad but MOVE ON!

  12. Silky on August 11th, 2008 3:21 am

    dude – he kept the name so chimaera didnt have to make a new website

  13. piriod on August 11th, 2008 9:44 am

    thats like… psychedelic technopop….
    dont like it

  14. chimaera on August 11th, 2008 9:54 am

    @Silky, right on, haha. Would be far too much trouble to set up again.

  15. Kristoffer on August 11th, 2008 12:33 pm

    yeah.. Chimaera doesn’t get half the credit he deserve for maintaining the site.. thank you..

  16. dude on August 11th, 2008 2:19 pm

    Yeah Chimaera is getting screwed in all this and the hard work is appreciated and noted. Thanks. That being said what else do you think of the Wolfmother name?

  17. Anonymous on August 11th, 2008 9:30 pm

    I thought one of the reasons that Chris left was that he didn’t like the new psychedelic elements Andrew preferred and that he wanted to stick to the Wolfmotherlike music, but this shit is very krautrock, psyche and abolutely no Hard Rock!!

  18. Jimmi on August 11th, 2008 10:30 pm

    i agree with most of these comments.. PETER IS GETTING SCREWED! i think myles and chris owe chimmy an appology…

  19. c905 on August 12th, 2008 10:58 am

    Looking forward to hearing them although im not generally a big fan of long winded electronic instrumental music. Anyway, here’s hoping they produce something good.

    Anyone wonder how long it will be before they start touring and release an album? 12 months? You’d expect they would be keen to get in the studio since they recorded Wolfmother in 2004!!


  20. fEx on August 14th, 2008 5:38 pm

    that sounds horrible

  21. ross on August 18th, 2008 6:20 am

    i reckon prehaps stockdale would have had to keep the band going cause they might have a record contract or something. 2 parts of me fighting against eachother here, one says wolfy is dead and they’ll never be the same (which was my first reaction) and latley ive been thinking, if ross and heskett are so into techno and what not, they didn’t belong in wolfmother anyway, even though they worked so damn well together and made some kick-ass tunes. i don’t like the sudden change (aka: one of the saddest days in music) but maybey it’s time to get some musicians who actually appreciate rock properly. i’m also annoyed that it’s taken this long for a follow up, which has now been pushed back to early ’09… and i’ll buy the new album reguardless to see how things play out and judge it all from beyond that.

  22. ross on August 18th, 2008 6:26 am

    hmm, also, i think they were under too much pressure to tour, given theyve only had a few years experience. newcomers who are exposed to that kind of stuff, constant touring, multi-award nominations, tons of apprciation and success that early in thier carrer, too much to handle all at once, that would have contributed to the break-up. fingers crossed that heskett and ross come to thier senses, realize what they’ve really left behind and that this thing they’re doing isn’t gonna work out and eventuall, come back to the band all in good time.

  23. Noodles on August 25th, 2008 2:32 pm

    I think Andrew is selfish enough and driven by his ideas of how this had to go on, not respecting other peoples creativity next to him. And 100% sure those 2 other wolfies have a portion to add! But, as the news on their debut were saying …he had the songs written. Andrew should make it a complete Rock´n Overhaul now and add a Keyboarder and a Bassist, maybe a second Guitar and may thy bands name be Whatevermother or even better is “LEDCLONES” lol :-) I hope Chris and Miles get off the Pills and make something nice out of the doombuggy.

  24. Jono on September 9th, 2008 9:41 am

    I want doombuggy to go well, But that music in the video above sounds no good at all. I hope it sounds better than that. Good luck to them.

    Hope the new wolfmother is also good

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