Ten years after exploding onto the music scene with the Grammy-winning song ‘Woman’, Wolfmother are back with a new album, ‘Victorious’, and a world tour.
The Gypsy Caravan Tour reaches the UK in April and includes a show at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on 20 April 2016.
Led by vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale, Wolfmother have brought their ballsy rock ‘n roll to festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, and Reading and Leeds, been invited to share stages with Aerosmith and AC/DC, helped induct Led Zeppelin into the UK Music Hall of Fame, and released three albums.
Following 2009’s ‘Cosmic Egg’ and 2014’s ‘New Crown’, ‘Victorious’ finds Stockdale returning to the creative approach he employed on 2005’s self-titled debut.
“Back in the early days, I’d play guitar, bass, and drums and then present the ideas to the band and we’d work on the arrangement together,” he says. “I thought it would be cool to get back to demoing ideas by myself and playing everything. It’s a good way to do things because it can make the style more cohesive.”
When recording those songs at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with two-time Grammy winning producer Brendan O’Brien, Stockdale played guitar and bass himself. Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Beck, Gnarls Barkley, REM) split drum duties.
“I did the last record by myself, so it was good to get back to working with a producer who could help with arrangements and have a responsibility to maintain the sound,” Stockdale says of ‘O’Brien who has worked with the likes of Pearl Jam, Soundgarden, and Springsteen
“Brendan’s a very musical producer, and he had a great understanding of the songs.”
Together they’ve created an album intended to be played live on stages around the world.
“We wanted to get back to that big sound,” says Stockdale. “It’s this balance of garage-y energy and big production. It’s wilder and more energetic — and perfect for a festival main stage.”