Andrew Stockdale in the Market for New Drummer

May 11, 2013

Hamish RosserAndrew Stockdale has revealed that former Wolfmother sticksman Hamish Rosser will not be performing on his upcoming solo tour this June, giving fans a unique opportunity to perform with the band by showing off their own drumming skills and joining the remaining four members in Australia.

Tweeting earlier today (May 11th), Stockdale cut straight to the point when he revealed “I’m looking for a drummer for the AS [Andrew Stockdale] OZ tour, anyone interested follow and send a DM”. In response to the question of Rosser’s omission, the frontman explained that “He’s out, I couldn’t afford his rate. AS tour is scaling down to smaller venues, I couldn’t pay the WM [Wolfmother] rates”. Rosser originally joined Wolfmother in early 2012 after leaving The Vines, and performed on three tracks on Stockdale’s upcoming album Keep Moving.

In order to be in with a chance of performing with Stockdale, Peres, Steele and Hammond this summer, all fans have to do is send the singer a few videos of their performances of Wolfmother songs ‘Woman’ and ‘Joker & the Thief’ and solo songs ‘Long Way to Go’ and ‘Keep Moving’, and commit to touring this June in Australia. Numerous followers have already expressed their interest on Twitter and Facebook.

Wolfmother’s original drummer was Myles Heskett, who formed the band with Stockdale and Chris Ross way back in 2000. Dave Atkins replaced him in 2008, although left himself due to other commitments two years later. The Mooney Suzuki drummer Will Rockwell-Scott joined in 2010, before leaving in 2012 for Rosser to fill the gap.

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!

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.

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?

Andrew Stockdale Performs with Slash in Australia

August 23, 2012

Andrew and SlashLegendary guitarist Slash is currently completing the Australian leg of his Apocalyptic Love World Tour with vocalist Myles Kennedy and backing band The Conspirators, which kicked off with a show at the Brisbane River Stage last night (August 23rd). Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale appeared at the show, performing lead vocals on the song ‘By the Sword’, on which he was featured for Slash’s self-titled debut album in 2010.

Tweeting shortly after the show, now-constant frontman Myles Kennedy declared that “Andrew Stockdale killed it tonight in Brisbane. Super talented cat. It’s always a pleasure to hear him sing with the band.”

Stockdale has previously performed the song live with Slash and co. a number of times, in April 2010 in Melbourne and in Brisbane in March last year, as well as on a number of TV appearances. The singer is currently in Australia with Wolfmother, recording the band’s third studio album.

Happy Birthday, Andrew!

July 20, 2012

Andrew Stockdale

Today, 20th July 2012, marks Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale’s 36th birthday! Andrew was 28 years old when his band that we love burst onto the rock scene with their debut self-titled EP, and 8 years later the group is still at the centre of our hearts, with a third album on its way very soon!

Everyone at The Original Wolfmother Fan Site wishes Mr. Stockdale a very happy birthday, and the best of luck with the rest of the upcoming tour dates and the album release! Leave your birthday messages to Andrew in the comments below, and we’ll try our best to get them to him!

Stockdale Hits Back at Critics in New Interview

May 25, 2012

In a new interview with the singer-songwriter-guitarist conducted by English magazine Classic Rock, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale has responded to claims that he is the one to blame for the drastic lineup changes suffered by the band, ensuring fans that the new album is on its way.

Speaking to the publication, Stockdale insists that he has “a good relationship with most people that have been in [Wolfmother]”, likening the departures of members to the patterns of people in everyday working life. The frontman has also cleared up the confusion surrounding record labels, claiming that “As of a few days [ago] that’s been resolved”, implying that Universal, Modular and Interscope will in fact be releasing the record.

Speaking about the album itself, Stockdale revealed the titles of two new songs: the first, tentatively titled ‘Ghetto’, has been submitted to the producers of the upcoming film Iron Man 3, with the hope that it will be included on the soundtrack; the second is ‘Year of the Dragon’, which has been on the radars of Wolfmother fanatics for almost a year now.

Wolfmother’s third album, currently untitled, is slated for a 2012 release, with Stockdale joking that to wait until 2013 “would just be wrong”.

Read the full interview here.

Lost Afro – Reward Offered!

February 25, 2010

I was simply looking at a few pictures from Ian Peres facebook about the new video for ‘Far Away’. I looked at the full band shot (left) and what do I see to my horror… An upset Andrew Stockdale looking a bit light on top of his head!

Andrew has officially made the move to trim the afro which I think now makes him look a bit more Kings of Leon-ish (anyone agree?) From viewing the clip of the Apple Store gig, it appears that a far shorter afro does still remotely exist however it will be something myself and I’m sure many other Wolfmother fans will have to get to grips with. We just need sometime Andrew.. Just time to get used to it.

Far Away is going to be the thrid single from the 2009 album ‘Cosmic Egg’. Official release dates are yet to be confirmed. Recording for the video took place on the 24th February 2010 at an unknown location however with an awesome Mirror Pyramid, which I expect we will be seeing a lot more of over the next coming months!

More news to come as we hear it and YAY for my first post in ages!

Andrew Stockdale & Slash perform live

November 24, 2009

Slash and Stockdale show off their mighty manes!On 22 November 2009, Andrew Stockdale performed with ex-Guns N’ Roses and Velvet Revolver guitarist Slash at a benefit concert at the Avalon, Hollywood, California. Andy performed one song, “By the Sword”, with a band dubbed “Slash & Friends” (named after the guitarist’s upcoming debut solo album, on which the song is slated to appear) comprising Andrew on vocals, Slash and Dave Navarro on guitar, Chris Chaney on bass and Travis Barker on drums.

Click the links below to see the videos on YouTube! And why not tell us what you think on the forums?

Slash & Friends – By the Sword (Video 1)

Slash & Friends – By the Sword (Video 2)

Update: Incidentally, Slash has reported on his Twitter page that he is to be “Jamming with Andrew Stockdale tonight at the Wiltern Theater.” Perhaps this could lead to future collaborations? Ensue fan excitement…

Andrew to play charity event with Slash, Ozzy, Billy & more

November 7, 2009

LAYN ROCKS

Andrew is taking part in an amazing charity event in a few weeks, singing in the same lineup as Slash, Ozzy Osbourne, Perry Farrell, Travis Barker, Chester Bennington of Linkin Park, Billy Idol and Dave Navarro.

Tickets are pricey, starting at $85 … but to be honest, don’t go out tonight and buy tickets for this instead. I wish I had the cash and time to fly over and see this epic event.

Check the LAYN website for details (click the image above).

Update: Okay, so I just saw Andrew’s Twitter update and he mentions a new “Rock Spectacular” called By The Sword. New song?! Even more reason to get tickets.

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