Stockdale Goes Solo; Wolfmother to End?

March 6, 2013 by 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 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?


11 Responses to “Stockdale Goes Solo; Wolfmother to End?”

  1. Anonymous on March 6th, 2013 5:22 pm

    I happen to know this will hurt the man who has stuck by Andrew the longest. this sucks for Ian. and I’m a little sick of how this forum has become a personal pedestal for Andrew. Jimmi we know you have a relationship with Andrew and that’s amazing for you and we know Andrew has thanked this site for the support but we are not here to kiss ass. Andrew should learn how to respect musicians. nobody respects him in the music world anymore because of how shitty he is but this is such a blow. well anyway I hope the album us good but I won’t be buying it. I can’t support shit like this.

  2. André Pusey on March 6th, 2013 7:20 pm

    We’re not a tabloid newspaper, we are here to inform people about the news related to Wolfmother. We’re not going to share our personal opinions on the site; we’re fans, we don’t know the ins and outs of the band, and frankly most of us don’t care as we just want to hear the music. That’s up to you not to buy the album.

  3. josh on March 6th, 2013 11:17 pm

    Well, I’ve kept quiet about various stuff for about a year now, so I thought I’d shed some light on some of the difficulties of the recording process throughout 2011 and why I think Stockdale is basically giving the past and present members of WM the middle finger:


  4. Cosmonaut on March 6th, 2013 11:18 pm

    Well that’s a bummer. I was looking foward to another Wolfmother album with that approach, y’ know? Love the name, the logo… he could just drop it after the album’s released and end it as a trilogy. Well, on the other hand, it might get a lot easier for him to release it all now. That’s something Axl should have done a LOOOONNNNGGG time ago. As a HUGE GnR fan, I know about it, LOL.

  5. Vagabound on March 7th, 2013 5:44 am

    The new album is up on soundcloud Ian Peres put it up on his twitter here is the link only has 4 songs up though but they sound nice

    P.S Stockdale ruined my perfectly good day today

  6. Vagabound on March 7th, 2013 5:50 am

    Don’t know why I said Ian Peres its actually Elliot Hammond sorry guys but the songs are up there and Hammond says he doesn’t know for how long so try and spread the word

  7. ross on March 7th, 2013 6:21 am

    hey vagabound thanks a billion for the link. you rule. =D

  8. ross on March 7th, 2013 6:21 am

    also theres more than 4 songs up now

  9. ross on March 7th, 2013 6:28 am

    whole albums up

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