New Album to Be Re-Recorded, Self-Released

April 19, 2012

Details surrounding the status of Wolfmother’s next album have come to light. Earlier today (April 19th), frontman Andrew Stockdale revealed that the band’s third album is to be re-recorded with the new five-piece lineup, and will be self-released by Stockdale without a record label.

Last month, we reported that Wolfmother’s labels Modular and Universal were “not interested” in releasing the band’s third record, recorded throughout 2011 by the former lineup of Stockdale, Ian Peres, Aidan Nemeth and Will Rockwell-Scott, following a tip-off from someone close within the band’s organisation. Now, we can exclusively reveal that the group — now comprised of Stockdale, Peres, Vin Steele, Elliott Hammond and Hamish Rosser — will be recording the album themselves for a release presumably later this year.

Tweeting earlier today, Stockdale said the following about the new album:

One weeks [sic] rehearsals of new record, it’s going off! I’m thinking live studio record…. All without label support funded by yours truly!

For the record, I’ve asked to be dropped by the label about 7 months ago and I’m still asking to be dropped so we can release something!

The news is the first we’ve heard about the new album in some months now, and indicates progress towards a release date (which could be very soon, given the lack of label involvement). Wolfmother.net will have more news as soon as it becomes available.

Seasick Steve Collaboration Details Emerge

April 9, 2012

Wolfmother and Seasick Steve performing at the 2012 ASP World Surfing AwardsDetails of the collaboration between Wolfmother and popular American blues musician Seasick Steve have begun to emerge. Following performances together at the ASP World Surfing Awards (watch from about 3:01:00) and yesterday’s (April 8th) Bluesfest in Byron Bay, it has now become clear that the two parties have written and recorded an original song together, although it is not yet clear if it is due to receive a release in the near future.

Reviewing the penultimate day of the Australian blues festival, goldcoast.com.au revealed that Wolfmother and Steve have been working on a track called ‘Shout’ in Byron Bay, frontman Andrew Stockdale’s hometown. Writing early this morning (April 9th), website contributor Suzanne Simonot said the following about Seasick Steve’s set:

Led Zep treasure John Paul Jones even pulled out some lap steel for Seasick Steve, who called “incredible Australian man” Andrew Stockdale and his Wolfmother bandmates to the stage to perform Shout, an anti-bank original they’ve been hanging out writing together in Byron.

Similarly, the Ballina Shire Advocate mentioned that Seasick Steve “took the opportunity to invite Aussie rockers Wolfmother on stage to sing a song he wrote with the band in Byron Bay about the global financial crisis”. Some quick digging reminded us that a studio version of the song does in fact exist, having been recorded the day before the ASP show (February 22nd). Talking about the collaboration on Twitter, Stockdale explained that “Steve dropped into our Studio in Byron, recorded it, next day we’re playing it at ASP”.

Stockdale and co. first met Steve back in October 2009, after both artists performed on the English TV show Later… with Jools Holland. It was later reported by The Sun that they went out in London on a drinking session, after which Steve noted that “I feel rotten. I barely slept last night. It got ugly”.

What do you think of Wolfmother and Seasick Steve collaborating? What do you think of the track (we assume it’s the first song they play in the ASP World Surfing Awards video)? Let us know in the comments below!

Wolfmother to Play Sonisphere Replacement Show

April 4, 2012

Following the news that the UK edition of rock and metal festival Sonisphere, due to have taken place between 6th and 8th July this year, has been cancelled, Wolfmother have announced that they will play a replacement show in London on the same day that they were due to perform originally, Friday 6th July.

Details are minimal at the moment, but the show will take place at the IndigO2 (an arena within the O2 complex) in London on 6th July from 7pm. Wolfmother will be supported by Turbowolf, a four-piece rock outfit from Bristol who released their self-titled debut album last November.

Tickets are on-sale now from Seetickets at the cost of 22.50 for standing and balcony seating or 27.50 for King’s Row seating (figures do not include booking fees).

New Lineup Performs New Material

April 2, 2012

After parting ways with three-quarters of its members recently, Wolfmother in its newest incarnation (what are we on now, number four?) has been touring with American superstar Lenny Kravitz over the past few weeks, and have been performing a few new songs in the process. One of these songs is entitled ‘Long Way to Go’, and a fairly decent quality version of it has surfaced.

Check out the video here to see Wolfmother — now comprised of Andrew Stockdale (lead vocals, lead guitar), Ian Peres (bass, keys, backing vocals), Vin Steele (rhythm guitar), Elliott Hammond (keys, percussion, backing vocals) and Hamish Rosser (drums) — in action performing the new song in full at the Sydney Entertainment Centre on 21st March 2012. ‘Long Way to Go’ is likely to appear on the band’s upcoming third album, potentially set for release this or next year, and was showcased to forum member Jimmy Parker when he met the band backstage after a gig in England in 2011.

Let us know what you think of the track in the comments below, and whether you think the new members are true to the Wolfmother dynamic in terms of look, sound and style!