February 27, 2016
The first batch of chart positions for Victorious have been published and the news is mainly brilliant! The album has surpassed the band’s previous highest positions in several territories, including both Belgian regions (Flanders: #35, Wallonia: #49), Germany (#9) and Italy (#92).
Similarly, the release has equalled the band’s previous record in the UK of #25 (set by Wolfmother in 2006), where it has also topped the Rock & Metal Albums Chart for the first time in their career. In the Netherlands, the album debuted at #20 (in between the peaks of Wolfmother and Cosmic Egg).
The news is slightly less positive in the band’s home country, though, where Victorious has debuted at number 17 on the ARIA Albums Chart. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the position won’t improve in the coming weeks, but both Wolfmother and Cosmic Egg debuted at their peak positions of #3 upon release. Nonetheless, charting within the top 20 is obviously good news!
Many charts are yet to be published and will come to light in the coming days, including other regions in Europe, New Zealand, and the range of US and Canadian Billboard charts.
February 25, 2016
The tour, organised in promotion of the band’s latest album Victorious, will visit 24 venues in the United States and Canada between now and April 1st, before moving on to Europe for a 28-show stint starting on April 8th.
Teaming up with new touring drummer Alex Carapetis, the trio played a set featuring old classics and new hits in front of a sold out crowd. Check out the full setlist below and a few photos and videos from the show on Instagram here.
- “New Moon Rising”
- “Apple Tree”
- “The Love That You Give”
- “White Unicorn”
- “California Queen”
- “How Many Times”
- “Gypsy Caravan”
- “The Simple Life”
- “Mind’s Eye”
- “Joker & the Thief”
February 24, 2016
Wolfmother’s new album is on track for chart success in the UK. According to the latest Official Albums Chart Update, Victorious is currently the 17th highest-selling album in the country since last Friday, 19th February.
As well as beating out competition from new releases by bands such as Simple Plan and Animal Collective, the ranking is also the highest Wolfmother have achieved in the UK, topping Wolfmother (#25) and Cosmic Egg (#35).
The full chart is published this Friday, 26th February, but at this point it is safe to say that Wolfmother will have a new UK chart record with their latest release. This trend is expected to be replicated in several regions across the world, based on positive iTunes chart updates throughout the week. Check back for more updates on Friday!
Meanwhile, lead single ‘Victorious’ is now at #31 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock chart!
February 12, 2016
The show, which took place in Hollywood, California, featured Alex Carapetis (of Julian Casablancas + The Voidz and more) returning on drums. Carapetis has previously filled in for rehearsal sessions with the band, and will remain for upcoming Gypsy Caravan Tour dates (in at least the US).
The setlist was a mix of new and old, featuring ‘Victorious’, ‘The Love That You Give’, ‘Woman’, ‘New Moon Rising’ and ‘Joker & the Thief’. The show will be broadcast on Wednesday 24th February (the opening day of the Gypsy Caravan Tour), but for now you can watch a couple of videos below.
February 12, 2016
British rock magazine Kerrang! is running a competition in which you have the chance to win the incredible spaceship-themed guitar featured in Wolfmother’s ‘Victorious’ music video released last month.
In their words, “All you have to do is head on over to Twitter, post a rad picture of yourself with a rockstar, some fancy artwork or anything band related with the #Kommunity hashtag” for the chance to win the unique instrument.
February 11, 2016
More than a week ahead of its official release, Wolfmother’s new album Victorious can now be heard over on the National Public Radio (NPR) website.
Praising the band for producing “arena-rock designed to contain everything that inspires it”, NPR have made all ten tracks from the album available for free listening, giving fans their first exposure to six previously unreleased songs.
February 10, 2016
After entering the chart at number 40 last week, Victorious lead single ‘Victorious’ has risen six places on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart to number 34.
The song’s success is likely due in large part to the attention it is receiving on music streaming service Spotify, where as of this article’s publishing it has over 430,000 listens.
Cosmic Egg lead single ‘New Moon Rising’ reached number 33 on the chart in 2009, while Wolfmother classic ‘Woman’ reached a band record of number 7 in 2006.
February 8, 2016
Wolfmother have today unveiled the lyric video for ‘Pretty Peggy’. Debuted exclusively via Shazam, the video was directed by Willie Witte, who has previously animated a video for the Chicken Lips Malfunction Remix of ‘Love Train‘.
As for the song, Shazam noted that ‘Pretty Peggy’ “showcases the softer side of the band”, which somewhat marks a departure from the band’s typical hard rock approach.
February 8, 2016
According to Mr. Andrew Stockdale, Wolfmother will have a new song called ‘Remove Your Mask’ included on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Zoolander No. 2. The film, which was directed by lead star Ben Stiller and opens in cinemas worldwide at the end of this week (February 12th), is the long-awaited sequel to 2001’s Zoolander.
Posting on his various social media accounts, Stockdale said the following about the news: “Super psyched to have a new song “Remove Your Mask” in Zoolander 2!!! The sequel to possibly the greatest movie of all time!” ‘Remove Your Mask’ is not included on the standard editions of Victorious, but in a comment the Wolfmother frontman confirmed that it would be included on deluxe editions of the album (yet to be announced).
Furthermore, in an interview with Chicago Innerview published last year, Stockdale named ‘Remove Your Mask’ as one of his favourite tracks from the upcoming record, explaining that the song is about “pretentious people [who put] all their energy is put into maintaining a fašade”.
February 5, 2016
The title track from Wolfmother’s upcoming album, ‘Victorious’ has charted in the United States. The song reached number 40 on the Billboard Mainstream Rock Songs chart for the week of 13th February 2016.
‘Victorious’ is the first Wolfmother song to register on the Mainstream Rock chart in over six years, since ‘New Moon Rising’ reached number 33 in 2009. Previous entries include ‘Woman’ (#7) and ‘Joker & the Thief’ (#27).