Following on from yesterday’s news that the new Wolfmother record is inf act set to be released as frontman Andrew Stockdale’s debut solo album, it appears that fans looking to get a taste of the difference between a Wolfmother record and a solo album are in luck, with news that the album has leaked online (and you can listen to the entire thing below).
Currently featured on the Wolfmother Soundcloud page are 14 full length tracks that are all named, and seemingly complete, for your streaming pleasure.
The leak of Wolfmother album #3/Stockdale solo album #1 comes after a lengthy and ambiguous lead up to its release, when Stockdale announced after much speculation back in December of last year of the record, “we are so close to having this record completed.”
The new release, under the working title of Gatherings, had hop-scotched “on-and-off” from one recording studio to the other, over a lengthy period of 15 months, gathering a vast array of musicians for its production, including three bassists and four drummers (including reportedly ex-Vines Hamish Rosser and once ex-Wolfmother drummer Dave Atkins).
After the mega success of their first album, which the band were awarded a mere Grammy for, and the following constant change of lineup, it seems that Stockdale has abandoned associations with previous band members to pursue a solo career of his own.
The man with the hair that rivals that of a young Robert Plant, and music that equally attempts to do so, announced via his twitter:
I’m putting this record out as Andrew Stockdale….. It’s a different trip now and I need to be true to myself.
— Andrew Stockdale (@positron76) March 5, 2013
While also celebrating the album’s completion last month:
A release is coming together, God Bless iTunes for allowing spontaneity in the musical landscape of the world…this sh€:t is happening!
— Andrew Stockdale (@positron76) February 25, 2013
Stockdale seems to be arduously trying to work out his new found seperation from Wolfmother, stating that he’s now working with a live lineup that includes “Elliot Hammond from The Delta Riggs in the band and he’s playing a lot of congas, bongos, percussion, and harp so we’ve started bringing songs like ‘Love Train’ back into the set, and with all the instrumentation it’s just a total trip.”
Stockdale has said that with the forthcoming release he’s “aiming for a record full of songs that trigger off your imagination and you drift off with the record, as opposed to the kind of record that’s exciting for one or two songs or after one or two listens you get that feeling that there’s nothing left to explore there.”
So here’s hoping that despite taking the wonky road to release, the third Worlfmother record… sorry, the debut solo record for Andrew Stockdale, will be recieved as well as the band’s first album.
Coinciding with the album leak, you can see the reincarnated Wolfmother as co-supporting act for Aerosmith on their upcoming Australian tour.
Aerosmith Australian Tour 2013 Dates
Exclusive premium tickets & packages are available now from http://www.showbiz.com.au
w/ support from Wolfmother, Grinspoon, Spiderbait, The Dead Daisies, Kingswood and Diva Demolition
Wednesday 1 May – Brisbane Entertainment Centre, BRISBANE
ph: 132 849
Saturday 4 May – Rod Laver Arena, MELBOURNE
ph: 132 849