Ross and Heskett to Appear at Songwriting Event

April 30, 2013

Former Wolfmother band members Chris Ross (bass, keyboards) and Myles Heskett (drums) are scheduled to appear at an event in Sydney later this week speaking to attendees about songwriting and music.

The event has been organised by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA), who awarded Ross and Heskett (along with frontman Andrew Stockdale) the Songwriter of the Year award at their 2007 APRA Awards ceremony, as well as the Breakthrough Songwriter Award the previous year. Dubbed Songwriter Speaks, the session is described by APRA as focused on “songwriters that not only cross boundaries but hemispheres too”.

Ross and Heskett formed Wolfmother with recently-solo Stockdale in Sydney in 2000, and co-wrote the band’s self-titled debut album released in 2005. They left the band in 2008, citing personal and musical differences, and went on to form electronic group The Slew with Kid Koala and Dynomite D. The duo are currently performing with Sarah Kelly in Good Heavens.

Full details of the event can be found here. Thanks to APRA’s Greg Morrow for the information!

Keep Moving Tour Dates Announced

April 28, 2013

On Friday (April 26th), the same day as the release of his new EP, recently-solo Andrew Stockdale announced the first leg of his upcoming Keep Moving Tour, which coincides with the release of the album of the same name on June 7th.

The tour, which will feature former Wolfmother members Ian Peres, Vin Steele, Elliott Hammond and Hamish Rosser, all of whom performed on the upcoming album, will begin in the Australian city of Newcastle on June 6th and comprise an initial 14 shows in 10 cities over three weeks, ending in Stockdale’s hometown of Byron Bay on June 29th.

Support acts are yet to be revealed, and ticketing details will be announced in the coming week. More dates in other countries are presumed to follow shortly after this opening leg. Dates for the tour can be seen below, and also on our tour page.

Keep Moving EP Released This Week!

April 25, 2013

Before the release of his debut 14-/15-track solo album in June, Andrew Stockdale has today (April 26th) released his first EP, Keep Moving. A digital-only collection, the EP features four songs slated to appear on the upcoming album of the same name, and is available for download from iTunes and Amazon.

If you live in Australia, Austria or Germany, you can download the EP from today; if you’re in the United Kingdom or another European country, it will be available from Sunday (April 28th); and if you’re based in the United States or Canada, you can download it from Tuesday (April 30th). Issued under the Universal label group, Keep Moving features the songs ‘Long Way to Go’, ‘Keep Moving’, ‘Somebody’s Calling’, and ‘Everyday Drone’, recorded by Stockdale and former Wolfmother bandmates in Byron Bay throughout the last year.

Keep Moving the album is currently scheduled for release on June 7th, 10th or 11th depending on your region, and will be Stockdale’s first release since Wolfmother’s Cosmic Egg in 2009.

Andrew Jams with Spiderbait Drummer

April 13, 2013

Just a quick story to which to bring your attention — Andrew Stockdale has uploaded a couple of videos (with many more to come) of a jam session involving himself and Mark Maher, better known as Kram, the drummer of alternative rock band Spiderbait, who will be joining Stockdale’s band on the bill for the Aerosmith show at Sydney’s ANZ Stadium on April 28th.

Check out Andrew’s YouTube channel for the videos, more of which will be added soon!

‘Long Way to Go’ Released on iTunes

April 11, 2013

After unleashing the music video last week, Andrew Stockdale has released his first solo single from the album Keep Moving in the form of ‘Long Way to Go’. The opening track on the album, ‘Long Way to Go’ is available to download from most regional iTunes stores now, with a marked release date of March 19th.

Stockdale’s last single came with original band Wolfmother almost three years ago, when ‘Far Away’ (backed with a live cover of Kate Bush’s ‘Wuthering Heights’ was released as the fourth and final single from Cosmic Egg on June 3rd 2010. The single failed to chart, although the album was a relative success with improved chart positions from Wolfmother in numerous regions.

‘Long Way to Go’ marks the first step in Stockdale’s long path back to the top of modern rock, and as the first single by the singer-songwriter as a solo artist will be important in the rebuilding process for the Australian frontman. Lyrics for the single are available here.

Shed Sessions Videos Released, EP Revealed

April 4, 2013

After sharing a few teaser clips over the last couple of weeks, Andrew Stockdale has released a video series called Shed Sessions on his official YouTube channel. Filmed in Byron Bay, the videos document a recent performance by Stockdale and band members Ian Peres, Vin Steele, Elliott Hammond and Hamish Rosser, featuring songs from upcoming album Keep Moving.

Songs featured in the videos are ‘Occurred to Me’, ‘Let Somebody Love You’, ‘Suitcase’, ‘Black Swan’, ‘Country’, all of which are currently said to feature on the new record, as well as previously unreleased songs ‘Holding On’ and ‘Everyday Drone’. The videos can be found on Stockdale’s YouTube channel here.

Meanwhile, Stockdale has also revealed on Facebook that there will be a four-track EP with the same title released in April, the cover artwork of which can be found on Instagram.

The EP is slated to include album tracks ‘Long Way to Go’, ‘Keep Moving’ and ‘Somebody’s Calling’, in addition to previously performed song ‘Everyday Drone’, although there’s no word yet on whether these will be rough mixes, live recordings, or the final versions of these tracks.

Stick with for more news and updates from the Wolfmother/Stockdale camp!

‘Long Way to Go’ Video Released!

April 3, 2013

Ladies and gentlemen, we have our first Andrew Stockdale solo music video! After hinting towards its production earlier in the year, the visual accompaniment to Keep Moving lead track ‘Long Way to Go’ was released by someone involved in the editing a week ago, without any of us noticing apparently!

Filmed in Byron Bay, ‘Long Way to Go’ features Stockdale and friends (band members Ian Peres, Vin Steele and Hamish Rosser, and “The Dancing Man” Tommy Franklin) dancing around in an empty warehouse, playing with a piñata and pretending to be chickens, and is available to view on Vimeo right here. The track also appears to have been remastered since Stockdale’s rough mix uploaded on Soundcloud recently. Check it out now, and let us know what you think!

Thanks to Facebook user Szergej Kaminszki for bringing the video to our attention!

Edit: Please note, the video above is a rough cut of the final video, and is not the official release.

Edit 2: The final video is now available to view here!

New Song Written and Recorded

April 3, 2013

Well, Andrew’s just spoiling us for new material recently, isn’t he!?

While new album Keep Moving is finalised for its release in just a couple of months, Stockdale has written, recorded and mastered a brand new song within the last two days for our listening delectation. ‘Everybody’s Got a Dream’ features Stockdale on vocals and guitar, Ian Peres on bass and Wurlitzer piano, and Dave Atkins on drums, and was originally recorded by Andrew alone with engineer Kevin Garcia. Peres and Atkins — the latter of whom also engineered the published version below — joined the former Wolfmother frontman later that night, and hey presto we have another Stockdale solo tune!

You can listen to the song for free here, and why not discuss the track on our forums?