February 25, 2013
According to Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale, the band’s upcoming third album has been completed and is ready for release. Tweeting earlier today (February 25th), the vocalist, guitarist, songwriter and producer proclaimed that “This record is so done! I’m just trying to jump through the hoops to share this music with the world!”, bringing a close to the latest chapter in Wolfmother’s history.
Wolfmother — who have been through several personnel changes over the last few years — have been working on the follow-up to their 2009 second album Cosmic Egg since at least March 2011, when Stockdale, Ian Peres (bass, keyboards), and former members Aidan Nemeth (rhythm guitar) and Will Rockwell-Scott (drums) commenced recording in Australia. The album has been a long time coming though, with sporadic updates over the last two years claiming varying points of completion.
The band currently features rhythm guitarist Vin Steele, multi-instrumentalist Elliott Hammond and drummer Hamish Rosser in addition to Stockdale and Peres, although as revealed late last year the record will feature three bassists and four drummers, one of which is said to be Cosmic Egg drummer Dave Atkins. The most recently revealed title is Gatherings, although this is yet to be confirmed as the final name of the album.
Update 1: Andrew has just tweeted the following: “A release is coming together, God bless iTunes for allowing spontaneity in the musical landscape of the world… this sh€:t is happening!”
February 1, 2013
Following the news that the upcoming third album from Wolfmother, tentatively titled Gatherings, would feature four drummers and three bassists, it seems as if we have some solid indication of one of the sticksmen joining current band member Hamish Rosser on the record: former band member Dave “Acosta” Atkins.
Earlier on today (February 1st), Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale uploaded an image to his Instagram account captioned “Syked [sic] to be playing at DMS tonight!“, which depicts the singer-guitarist posing in front of a drummer with a striking resemblence to former band member Atkins. Originally from Brisbane, Atkins joined the band around November 2008, taking over from original drummer Myles Heskett as the first enlistment for ‘Phase 2′ of the group and performing on ‘Back Round’, before Ian Peres and Aidan Nemeth completed the new-look four-piece in January 2009. Despite leaving in April 2010 to focus on commitment to his family, Atkins has occasionally re-joined the band to perform live and help out with recording when needed.
With four drummers confirmed as appearing on the album, Atkins and successor Will Rockwell-Scott would be fair assumptions as to two of the three additional contributors, although the fourth is anyone’s guess (and it’s not Heskett!). This will come as welcome news to followers of the band, as Big Dave is somewhat of a cult favourite amongst Wolfmother fans, who applaud his high energy performances and style of play behind the kit.
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December 31, 2012
Speaking in a new interview conducted by Australian live music website scenestr, Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale has spoken in more depth about the recording process of the band’s upcoming third album.
Most surprising to hear, perhaps, is that the album (tentatively titled Gatherings) features four drummers and three bassists, many more than have officially been a part of the band. Former drummer Will Rockwell-Scott – who was announced to have left the band in February 2012 – is believed to be joining current sticksman Hamish Rosser – who moved from The Vines to replace him – on the credits list, but with Ian Peres the constant bassist since second album Cosmic Egg it is difficult to ascertain who else has contributed in this capacity.
As previously reported, the as-yet officially untitled album, currently scheduled for a March 2013 release, is being largely self-produced by the frontman, who describes the collection as “a travelling record” based on its on-and-off recording process, which spans three studios.