Stockdale Goes Solo; Wolfmother to End?
March 6, 2013 by
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?