‘Keep Moving’ for Iron Man 3

March 30, 2013

It has today (March 30th) been revealed that the title track to Andrew Stockdale’s new album, ‘Keep Moving’, is set to appear on the soundtrack for upcoming Marvel action movie Iron Man 3, directed by Shane Black.

Back in May last year, it was hinted by Stockdale that the song ‘Ghetto’ could feature in the film, although the track has now been bumped and replaced with ‘Keep Moving’. The soundtrack is set to be called Heroes Fall, and will be released by Hollywood Records in partnership with Marvel Music on April 30th, just a few days before the film hits US cinemas on May 3rd.

By our calculations, this marks the 17th occasion on which Wolfmother (or Andrew Stockdale, as is the case now) will have appeared on a movie soundtrack, with tracks from Wolfmother and Cosmic Egg having graced the musical backings of such blockbusters as The Hangover, Shrek the Third and Spider-Man 3 in past years.

Thanks to forum member shotguy for revealing the news!

Keep Moving Release Dates Confirmed

March 25, 2013

Writing on Twitter earlier today (March 25th), Wolfmother frontman-turned solo musician Andrew Stockdale answered fans’ ongoing questions as to the official release date of his upcoming album Keep Moving. Originally slated for a makeshift digital release today, a rough mix of the album was initially made available for free streaming on Wolfmother’s SoundCloud profile on March 7th.

Stockdale’s debut album, or Wolfmother’s third album if you’d prefer, is officially set for release this year on May 31st in Australia, on June 3rd in the United Kingdom (and presumably most of Europe), and on June 4th in the United States (and presumably Canada). No word on record labels just yet, but the delay in the release timescale suggests that Keep Moving will now be set for a physical release.

More news from Wolfmother.net when it becomes available!

Site downtime – sorry!

March 19, 2013

Apologies for the downtime the last couple of days – one of these years I’ll remember to renew the domain on time.

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Stockdale Completes Solo Transition

March 10, 2013

Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale has completed the transition from leader of a successful rock band to startup solo musician with a vision. After revealing at the end of February that the album had been completed, the singer, guitarist and songwriter hinted that the record would be released under his own name, putting the future of the band in doubt. A photo of the full band uploaded on Facebook proved that the guys were still on good terms, and the stream of the album on the Soundcloud page of Wolfmother confused even more. In our exclusive interview with Stockdale, he confirmed (in non-definite terms) that the next stage of his career would be under the moniker ‘Andrew Stockdale’, and today the transformation looks to be completed as a brand new Facebook page for his solo career has been created, with the eponymous musician proclaiming that, indeed, “Wolfmother is on hiatus”.

Andrew Stockdale’s debut solo album (also known for the last few years as Wolfmother’s third album!) is set to be officially released on 25th March. It is almost certainly going to be called Keep Moving, the title of a popular track on the record, and is most likely going to be a digital-only release (at least at first). As Stockdale no longer has a record deal in the United States (no word about his native Australia or Europe yet, so we’ll assume for now that those deals are intact), it is likely to be released independently of any label influence on iTunes.

As for the personnel included on the album, the 14 songs feature (in order of number of songs on which they appear) Stockdale, Ian Peres, Will Rockwell-Scott, Vin Steele, Elliott Hammond, Hamish Rosser, and Dave Atkins. Additional contributions come courtesy of The Delta Riggs member Alex “Rudy” Markwell and Brisbane-based trumpet player Joe Howman. Keep Moving was recorded over a two-year period between 2011 and 2013, and was engineered half and half by Nicolas Wilson and former band member Aidan Nemeth, with rough mixes provided by Dave Atkins and final mixing performed by Vance Powell, who in recent years has worked with Jack White, Seasick Steve, and Kings of Leon.

Keep Moving marks the culmination of a period of hard work by Andrew Stockdale and the various members of Wolfmother over the last couple of years, and is welcomed with open arms by fans of the band. Wolfmother.net will continue to follow the careers of all involved in the group, and look forward to the next exciting era in Wolfmother history, as Stockdale ventures out under his own name to re-establish what his music is about — good vibes and a modern-day take on a winning formula of blues-infused rock music.

Andrew Stockdale: An Exclusive Interview

March 7, 2013

In all the excitement of the new album coming out, we have secured an exclusive interview with the star of the show himself, Andrew Stockdale. We asked him about various issues, including the new album and the history of its recording, and got some pretty interesting answers. You can read the full interview below, and don’t forget to go listen to the album on Wolfmother’s SoundCloud account!

So firstly, why the decision to release the new album under your own name, and not that of Wolfmother?

Well, it’s like this… in all honesty, since the second incarnation, it’s [been] a solo project with me calling it Wolfmother. All the players involved have been fantastic. Though for me now I want the freedom to change members for whatever tour or whatever recording without having to use people or not use people to make it look like a band. I don’t want the publicity statement to guide the creative outcome; I don’t think it works. Music is like some kind of truth serum. You can hear what’s going on in people’s souls; the listener listens for emotion, not a brand name, so you may as well call it what it is and be true to the music.

Will the contributions of everyone who has recorded with Wolfmother so far be left on the album? Who, in addition to yourself, Ian, Vin, Elliott and Hamish, is set to appear on the record?

Yeah, totally. So far there’s been eight songs from my home studio in Brisbane, with Will [Rockwell-Scott, drummer 2010-2012], Ian [Peres, bassist/keyboardist since 2009], and myself and Aidan [Nemeth, rhythm guitarist 2009-2012] engineering; one with Ian and Dave [Atkins, drummer 2008-2010] in a warehouse in Byron Bay; four songs with Elliott [Hammond, multi-instrumentalist since 2012] on drums, Vinny [Steele, rhythm guitarist since 2012] on bass, Alex [unknown] on keys and guitar up at Rockinghorse, where I later overdubbed bass and Ian’s done a few overdubs; and another session of about five songs at Rockinghorse with a live band playing though a few songs.

The live takes sound fresh, and have injected masses of positive energy into the record. From here, I did a few overdubs at Dave’s place. And all the songs are currently being mixed and mastered in Nashville by Vance Powell. It is sounding amazing! In total there’s about 20 songs done, though I’m thinking of trimming it down to a ten-song record, just keeping it short and sharp.

Is Gatherings confirmed as the final title, or is this set to change? When are we set to hear the first cuts from the record [since the interview we have now heard the whole album]?

I might call it Keep Moving, I’m still throwing it around. We have the opportunity to put out a four track EP on the 19th of March, which I would love to happen! We don’t have a record deal in the States, so that’s holding the whole thing up, but we might go ahead without a record deal and just go through iTunes.

What can we expect from the new album, in terms of sound and themes?

It’s like old-school, new-school, uptempo boogie rock. It’s uplifting and to the point. The tones are all there — vintage drum tones, vintage guitar, vintage lossness. It’s like hearing an old piece of crap rock band squashed and blasted through some high-fi tape. The key to this whole record is to make it hold up to modern recording standards while still with the heart and soul of old rock records.

Is Wolfmother finished for good, or will the guys continue as a touring unit for the album? Are the Aerosmith support dates still going ahead?

Yep, we’ll do the Aerosmith gigs, no worries. I just don’t want to call this record Wolfmother or do shows as Wolfmother. Is Wolfmother finished for good? It’s hard to speak in those terms… look at the last four years. I’m gonna keep doing what I’ve been doing and call it what it is, being Andrew Stockdale playing with various brilliant musos at any given point.

We here at Wolfmother.net obviously support you, but how do you respond to the few critics you’ve had over the last few years, particularly with regard to lineup changes in the band?

Well it’s not as easy as it looks; I think I’ve treated everyone fairly, and have always wanted to see everyone do well financially, musically, and personally. So I’ve done my best with the situation. On the ethical point of me being the guy who continued with a name and being the only guy from the original lineup, well that is something everyone has an opinion on and they may well be right. And in some ways I’m agreeing with their criticism and changing my path. I’m no longer using that name.

What is the future for Andrew Stockdale and Wolfmother — will there be more albums, touring, new projects, or a break from music completely?

Yes, there will be more of all of the above; I’ll never let it lag on like it has in the past. I’ve learnt a lot over the last three years and I think I’ve got a good team, so I’m hoping to just keep making music all the time, it’s just something that I do naturally. All the other stuff, like contracts, releases, and everything else, seems to get in the way of me making the music and sharing it with the people who might want to hear it. It used to be the other way around, where labels and managers could broaden your audience, now I don’t know what they can do for me. I’ve just got a contract in my filing cabinet that I signed ten years ago that stops me from emailing you a track right now! It’s a strange world we live in, everyone’s gotta catch up…

And finally, is there anything you’d like to say to the loyal Wolfmother fans out there?

Well, thanks for all of your support. I’m as passionate about the music as you are, and I’m still fascinated and grateful to have been a part of the whole thing. I hope this music continues to inspire, and I look forward to seeing you around at the next gig!

New Album RELEASED on SoundCloud

March 7, 2013

It’s the day we have all been waiting for: the new Wolfmother/Andrew Stockdale album is now available for full streaming! It’s been a long road… and I don’t know what to say!

Get on over to the Wolfmother SoundCloud NOW to hear the record (still untitled, oddly)! Leave your comments about the album below, on our forums, or on our Facebook page, and we’ll publish the best of the best at some point.

Track listing:
1. Long Way to Go — 4:52
2. Somebody’s Calling — 3:36
3. Keep Moving — 3:07
4. Let Somebody Love You — 3:19
5. Vicarious — 4:47
6. Occurred to Me — 4:21
7. Ghetto — 5:28
8. She’s a Motorhead — 3:42
9. Year of the Dragon — 4:48
10. Meridian — 4:56
11. Of the Earth — 4:21
12. Let It Go — 5:04
13. Country — 3:50
14. Suitcase — 4:06

Stockdale Goes Solo; Wolfmother to End?

March 6, 2013

Wolfmother.net extends its greatest apologies for not breaking this news eight hours ago when it emerged (the writer is on UK time!), but Andrew Stockdale has disbanded Wolfmother and gone solo. Okay, so Wolfmother might not necessarily be over, but Stockdale has announced that he will be releasing the long-awaited follow-up to Cosmic Egg under his own (rather than his band’s) name. So… is this a good thing, or a terrible thing? We think… inevitable.

Andrew Stockdale is the only member of Wolfmother that was there from the beginning, in 2000. After original members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left, some commentators noted that Wolfmother was not the same band without them, and that it was now “The Andrew Stockdale Experience”. Regardless, he recruited new members (Ian Peres, Aidan Nemeth, and Dave Atkins), carried on, and released the band’s relatively successful second album. After Atkins subsequently left, they continued on with Will Rockwell-Scott, and since then even he has left (along with Nemeth).

Now, with the lineup comprising five people (Stockdale, Peres, Vin Steele, Elliott Hammond, and Hamish Rosser), Wolfmother looks a far stretch from the original three-piece hard rock group of the mid-2000s. The band’s third album, tentatively dubbed Gatherings, has been recorded and re-recorded countless times over the last two years, and last week the frontman finally announced that it was ready for release, hinting at a DIY iTunes release in order to get the music out there as quickly as possible. But today, he has revealed that the album will only bear his name, and not that of his band.

So what does this mean for Wolfmother? Well, not a whole lot to be honest. It’s assumed that all the musicians contributing to the record (including three bassists and four drummers) will remain on the tracks, and since the departure of numerous members over the years the band has been pretty much “Andrew Stockdale and Friends” for a long time. This move could even be welcomed, as fans and critics called for Axl Rose to do the same when he released Chinese Democracy, although inevitably people will criticise Andrew for this. We at Wolfmother.net will continue to support Andrew, and all the other members of Wolfmother past and present, and look forward to the new album coming out.

The question that remains is: Will Wolfmother, or any Andrew Stockdale-fronted band, be supporting Aerosmith this year?