YES!!! People unite for the Wolfies have returned from the canyons of L.A with a fusion of freaked out jamming, delicate melodies and gallant rock riffage that shall be known collectively as "Wolfmother".
Myles Heskett, Chris Ross and Andrew Stockdale are the key holders to the future of all things Wolf...together they write all their songs while contributing drums, bass/keyboards and guitar/vocals respectively.
In their lives before Wolfmother, Myles worked in graphics, Chris in things digital and Andrew was a photographer so they all shared a passion for creative expression. After years of jamming in anonymity they finally stepped out in public during early 2004. Later that year the trio released an independent EP that caused ink to be spilled and fans to be won.
Then after 6 months of nonstop Australian and overseas touring it was time to start creating a vast album with a deceptively simple title. Their partner in this conception was producer D. Sardy; catalyst for the likes of Dandy Warhols, Oasis, Autolux, Jet and Helmet.
Chris, Andrew and Myles decamped to L.A. in May, 2005 and rented a legendary Hollywood recording studio called Cherokee for their rehearsal space. In its heyday Cherokee hosted sessions like Pink Floyd's "The Wall" and from this memorable place came unforgettable things as freeform jams evolved into fully formed songs.
The themes of the album also took shape in the City Of Angels; a city that thrives on chaos presenting many lyrical possibilities to Andrew Stockdale. The complexities of living in the metropolis also helped shape the escapist imagery of "Wolfmother"...simple philosophies for complex times.
After six weeks of focused creativity at Cherokee and many fish taco's - the band finally began recording at legendary studio, Sound City. As a result "Wolfmother" was incubated in the same room as albums like "Nevermind" and "Rumours". After just two weeks in that cavernous space the band had captured the inspired live performances which would form the backbone of their debut album. They then spent another month elsewhere in L.A. adding the little touches that help make "Wolfmother" such a sprawling beast. And in their downtime they became Champions of every pinball machine in the valley.
Throughout this process Myles, Andrew and Chris remained committed to retaining the raw, emotive punch of their live performances. Everything was directed toward capturing the perfect feeling rather than "faultless performance". The result is a record on which reckless abandon and glorious imperfections underpin the most evocative moments.
As their studio time came to an end the band filmed some videos in the same patch of California desert which featured in the original Star Trek before venturing forth for more live shows. The New York Times gushed about their gig downtown and the NME said kind words about their UK trip. Then they came home to hear "Minds Eye" on the radio ushering in the forthcoming "Wolfmother" album.
The disc comes wrapped in some fine art by illustration icon Frank Frazetta. The images are timeless and impossible to ignore like the music itself.
It all landed in Australia on October 30 where it was greeted by reviews full of many stars. "Wolfmother" debuted at ..3 on the charts, won the Album Of The Year award from national alternative radio network Triple J, and was quickly certified platinum.
The album will see UK and US release in 2006 and the group will tour internationally throughout 2006.