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Interview: Wolfmother Frontman On Drinking With Dave Grohl, Playing With Slash & Scott Weiland

Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother is one of rock’s most powerful modern voices, yet has possessed something of a tumultuous and unpredictable career. After the smashing success of 2005’s self-titled Wolfmother debut featuring enduring rock radio singles like “Woman” and “Joker & The Thief”, the band’s lineup imploded for their second release, “Cosmic Egg”. The band’s planned third album was ultimately released under Andrew Stockdale’s own name; however, Stockdale reconsidered the Wolfmother brand and used the “surprise digital release” format for Wolfmother’s third record, “New Crown”, released in 2014.

After that experiment, Stockdale recruited legendary producer Brendan O’Brien for the band’s next studio output, Victorious. This record, releasing in February 2016, marks the first Wolfmother “event” release since 2009, being hyped with the release of two huge-sounding singles, “City Lights” and “Victorious”. I recently had a brief opportunity to chat with Stockdale, who reminisced on some of his earliest influences as a vocalist and looked ahead to a promising career relaunch with Victorious.

Can you tell us a bit about Wolfmother’s undocumented recent Scott Weiland tribute, and your earliest memories of STP?

We just did a free show at the Great Northern Byron in memory of Scott, playing a bunch of covers including “Interstate Love Song”. I remember seeing STP on David Letterman in the 90’s and falling in love with them!

Being a vocalist is much like being an athlete as far as building and maintaining your vocal range. As a young guy back then finding your own voice, were there any artists you’d sing along to?

When I was a teenager, I’d sing Pearl Jam, The Beatles… Blind Melon was one of them. I’d sing along to Perry Farrell, and realize I was able to hit the high notes! I’d be playing guitar with my brother or something, and I’d be coughing up a vein or something. [laughs] From there, I just sort of kept going.

Flash forward to now and you will be working with Brendan O’Brien, who worked with Pearl Jam and Stone Temple Pilots, on “Victorious”. 

He’s done a good job of doing that “big” sound, viable for national radio… you know what I mean? He knows how to make that rock n’ roll sound in this day and age, when it seems like production has just been going through the motions.

You think you’ll be able to capture that stateside magic that Wolfmother’s 2005 album possessed? 

Victorious is going to sound fantastic on the radio anywhere in the world and it’s got the production people have come to expect. Ya know… some people need songs, some people need a haircut, some people need production!

A big moment in the years after that debut was your collaboration with Slash on his 2010 solo album, singing vocals on “By The Sword”. Can you tell us a bit about your experience in the studio with Slash? 

When you get to meet Slash, you also get to hang out with all the stars. When I went to LA to record I met Lemmy, Dave Grohl, Alice Cooper and all these icons. Wow, that was exciting. Dave Grohl was in the back room with a bottle of scotch, and when I walked in, he’s like, “Hey, you gonna come and sit?” [laughs] And I was thinking: “there’s no way I’m gonna say no to drinking a bottle of scotch with Dave Grohl!”


I don’t think anybody could.

There’s a crowd of like thirty people around and he’s just telling stories. I had to do the Slash video the next morning…

Wow, that must have been difficult! [laughs]

[laughs] Difficult because I got to drink scotch with Dave Grohl? Yeah, I had to do the video the next morning, but Grohl was high on the priority list so I tried to do both at once. Slash… he doesn’t drink, and he’s completely straight.

Do you have any other dream collaborations?

Neil Young, Paul McCartney, John Paul Jones, Eddie Vedder, Lenny Kravitz. [laughs] It’s not on my “to do list”, so to speak, I’m not the best at planning things out, but if I got the invitation from any of those people, I’d be there in a heartbeat.


Wolfmother Release New Brendan O’Brien Produced Single Featuring Ex-NIN Drummer

Wolfmother have released details from their fourth studio album, the Brenden O’Brien (Pearl Jam, Rage Against The Machine, Red Hot Chili Peppers) produced Victorious.  You can listen to the boisterous first single and title track below.  Recorded at Jim Henson Studios in Hollywood California, Victorious has a release date of February 19th and can also be preordered on iTunes.


Victorious Tracklisting:
1.  That Love That You Give
2.  Victorious
3.  Baroness
4.  Pretty Peggy
5.  City Lights
6.  The Simple Life
7.  Best of a Bad Situation
8.  Gypsy Caravan
9.  Happy Face
10.  Eye of the Beholder

Victorious is the first album from Wolfmother since 2014 when the band surprised it’s fans with a previously unannounced new album entitled New Crown.

Additionally, Wolfmother have announced dates for a North American tour for early 2016.

Feb. 24: Minneapolis, Minn. – First Ave
Feb. 25: Chicago, Ill. – Metro
Feb. 26: Detroit, Mich. – St. Andrews Hall
Feb. 27: Toronto, Ontario – Dansforth Music Hall
Feb. 29: Boston, Mass. – Paradise Rock Club
March 2: Washington, D.C. – 9:30 Club
March 3: New York, N.Y. – Webster Hall
March 4: Philadelphia, Penn. – Trocadero Theatre
March 5: Raleigh, N.C. – The Ritz
March 7: Atlanta, Ga. – Center Stage
March 8: Nashville, Tenn. – Marathon Music Works
March 9: Memphis, Tenn. – Minglewood Hall
March 11: Lawrence, Kan. – Granada Theater
March 12: Oklahoma City, Okla. – Diamond Ballroom
March 14: Dallas, Tex. – Granada Theater
March 15: Houston, Tex. – House of Blues
March 21: El Paso, Tex. – Tricky Falls
March 22: Tempe, Ariz. – The Marquee
March 23: San Diego, Cali. – House of Blues
March 25: Santa Ana, Cali. – The Observatory
March 26: Los Angeles, Cali. – The Fonda Theatre
March 28: San Francisco, Cali. – The Fillmore
March 30: Portland, Ore. – Wonder Ballroom
March 31: Seattle, Wash. – The Showbox
Apri 1: Vancouver, British Columbia – Commodore Ballroom

Hear all the best from Wolfmother and Andrew Stockdale including the new tracks “Victorious” and “City Lights” at www.rockshowradio.net and www.alternativenation.net/radio.

Twenty Essential Tracks From Andrew Stockdale & Wolfmother


October 2015 marks the ten year anniversary of the release of Wolfmother’s self-titled debut album, which is also the focus of an upcoming reissue. This album includes the two tracks that would make Wolfmother a pillar of modern rock, “Woman” and “Joker and the Thief”. However, over the past decade, Wolfmother has built quite a repertoire of amazing, heavy hitting, and psychedelic rock and roll. So as with all other anniversaries of great rock bands, a time of reflection is in order. Here is my essential Wolfmother playlist. This list also includes the “third” Wolfmother album turned Andrew Stockdale solo effort Keep Moving.

Track: “Back Round”
Album: Cosmic Egg
The first single from Wolfmother’s second album showcases Stockdale’s amazing vocal ability. It was the first material released since original band members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left the band in August 2008. With monster guitar work and some great feedback during the bridge, this track is essential Wolfmother.

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Track: “California Queen”
Album: Cosmic Egg
“California Queen” features great lyrics and has an incredible natural progression leading into the first tempo change. This track also includes remarkable drum work by then drummer Dave Atkins.

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Track: “Caroline”
Album: Cosmic Egg
A progressive masterwork, “Caroline” builds from a ballad to a full band eruption. This is one prime example of Stockdale’s stellar songwriting ability.

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Track: “Cosmic Egg”
Album: Cosmic Egg
The title track to Wolfmother’s sophomore effort is a heavy rocker that hits highs and lows in perfect accord and features amazing vocal and guitar work from Stockdale. Stockdale described it in a tweet as, “a rollicking viking song!” and explained to NME that the album title refers to a yoga position. He explained: “I did a yoga class and one of the poses we were doing was called ‘cosmic egg’, and I thought yeah, that’s it. It’s like the fetal pose.”

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Track: “Cosmonaut”
Album: Cosmic Egg
A bit of a change of direction for Wolfmother, “Cosmonaut” has psychedelic overtones and a great bass line from bassist/keyboardist Ian Perez.

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Track: “Enemy Is In Your Mind”
Album: New Crown
Incorporating more keyboards overlying the guitar line, “Enemy Is In Your Mind” is a standout from Wolfmother’s latest effort

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Track: “Heavy Weight”
Album: New Crown
With a monster riff, this track is possibly the best track on New Crown.

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Track: “I Ain’t Got No”
Album: New Crown
This track is classic Wolfmother, catchy with a great hook and guitar work.

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Track: “In The Castle”
Album: Cosmic Egg
With a great mix of heavy guitar and a bit of psychedelic overtones, “In The Castle” is definitive Wolfmother.

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Track: “Joker and the Thief”
Album: Wolfmother
The musical elements in ‘Joker and the Thief’ is what would set the tone for Wolfmother’s career; great lyrics, great vocals, and excellent guitar and keyboard work. In an interview with ultimate-guitar.com, Stockdale said: “I’ve totally ripped it off from Dylan. I was in a shop one morning walking into where we jam. I saw this AC/DC ‘Thunderstruck’ and I was like, ‘I want to write a stadium rock song.’ I went into the studio and said, ‘Doo-duh-lee, doo-duh-lee. What’s the best thing to do after that? Just do something cleaner – Doo, doo, doo.’ Because, you know, you’ve got to have a big intro and then you have to have a balls-to-the-wall riff to knock it on the head in the next stage.”

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Track: “Meridian”
Album: Keep Moving (Andrew Stockdale)
The fact that Stockdale’s first solo effort wasn’t a Wolfmother album seemingly caused many of the great tracks on the record to fall under the radar, such as this gem.

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Track: “Mind’s Eye”
Album: Wolfmother
“Mind’s Eye” is yet another example of Wolfmother’s incorporation of keyboards and how they became a key element to Wolfmother’s sound.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zpE0US9vzxU&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Phoenix”
Album: Cosmic Egg
With Stockdale showing his immense vocal range, “Phoenix” is a great psychedelic rocker.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IpfRSCeAkMY&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Pyramid”
Album: Cosmic Egg
“Pyramid” is another prime example of Wolfmother’s brand of psychedelic hard rock.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yg_bNv0OzBg&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Sundial”
Album: Cosmic Egg
“Sundial” again showcases Wolfmother’s stellar use of keyboards and gaudy guitar work.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TMhXmFxdzA8?list=RDTMhXmFxdzA8&w=560&h=315]

Track: “Vagabond”
Album: Wolfmother
The last track on Wolfmother’s debut album is a well written progressive track that stands among the best of their career.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ThtGuKy27qk&w=420&h=315]

Track: “Violence Of The Sun”
Album: Cosmic Egg
One of Wolfmother’s best tracks in their catalog, building then exploding in true psychedelic Wolfmother fashion.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHmc7XzW8DA&w=420&h=315]

Track: “White Unicorn”
Album: Wolfmother
One of the many Wolfmother tracks utilizing keyboards that seems to be channeling Syd Barrett and early Pink Floyd. According to Rolling Stone magazine, Stockdale was inspired by a fashion model he had seen on television that was wearing a “White unicorn shirt with the unicorn spread across her shoulders.”

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Track: “Woman”
Album: Wolfmother
“Woman” is the first single from Wolfmother’s debut which catapulted them to worldwide acclaim. At the time of its release, many called it the best rock track in over a decade.

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Track: “Year of the Dragon”
Album: Keep Moving (Andrew Stockdale)
It’s very catchy, heavy, and includes one of the best guitar riffs from Stockdale. Stockdale told Artist Direct: “People look at the Chinese calendar and think, ‘This year, I’m going to be creative, have a great love life, make lots of money, and be healthy!’ It’s the whole idea that we change every year. We’re looking for experiences and hoping things will work out. Sometimes, you’re oppressed, down, and nothing works. We’re looking to these things in order to predict how we’re going to behave, so I figured I’d write a song about it. You look at yourself, how things are going, and try to work it out.”

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Hear these tracks plus many others from Andrew Stockdale and Wolfmother at Rock Show Radio’s Alternative Nation Radio!