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The Rock Pit - Hard rock, Metal and Blues Interviews, news & reviews from Australia and around the world


Released October 2009



Andrew Stockdale’s Wolfmother are back, boasting a brand new line-up and a shiny new album.


I’d not be surprised to learn that Stockdale has a machine into which he feeds a couple hundred of his favourite albums from the past 4 decades, and out the other end dribbles the purest distilled essence of hardest rock.


There will always be naysayers decrying his penchant for recycling (for want of a better word) but that is missing the point of Wolfmother: these are riffs fat and juicy enough to feed a small African nation; songs catchy enough to have your Mum humming along without her realising.


Stockdale’s voice has matured a bit since 2006’s debut self titled album – he still favours the Percy Plant approach a lot of the time, but his voice has become distinctive and more recognisable in its own right, with an almost honeyish quality. The new boys in the band have taken Stockdale’s distilled vision and run with it, and the result is another great album full of déjà vu riffs and melodies which will split opinion 70 – 30 in much the same way as the debut did. Well, sorry to the Mike Pattons of the world, but you’re in the minority – Wolfmother rock!!!


He’s also widened the parameters from the Uriah Heep/ Sabbath/ Zeppelin/Purple preponderances of his debut. White Feather sounds like Sabbath covering Slade, and elsewhere we have factories burning (more than once), 60s psychedelia on Pilgrim, Far Away is a trippy dippy anthem only a truly dedicated stoner could write, and the addition of a second guitar really helps flesh the songs out.


If there’s a criticism, its in the po faced seriousness of the whole thing – by the time Caroline comes about at track 14 you’re almost wishing it was the Status Quo number to break up proceedings with a little boogie, tongue in cheek or otherwise.


Regardless, this is a small criticism and most likely missing the point, which is that Stockdale/Wolfmother have created another great retro sounding hard rock album which readily references some of the major influences of 40 years of classic rock, whilst still sounding fresh, exciting, original and no doubt epic in the flesh.