Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother: “There’s something about a band playing that changes the atmosphere of the room”

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Rock out. No, really, do it. And do it with Wolfmother, for that is the very simple message that the band’s Andrew Stockdale has slapped on the tin of the Aussie rock stalwarts’ sixth studio album. Rock Out, in fact, is more than a message – it’s a mantra. It’s a conclusion drawn after journeying through existential inner turmoil and conducting outward observations of this erratic mid-pandemic world. The album sees Stockdale embrace the healing qualities of music and cultivate them as a guide for his new creation. It’s a transportive effort that saw the frontman – and hopefully, his listeners – through tumultuous times and into a euphoric haven. 

Wolfmother looked all around for the guidance to make this album – back to simpler times and classic British rock for tracks like ‘Feelin’ Love’, with the influences likes Cream and Deep Purple evident in the riff-laden chorus, turning inward and facing personal crisis only to share outwardly the angst in the neurotic (but brilliant) ‘Humble’. Stockdale and co. entertain themes of delusion, procrastination and ultimately, silent victory, rocking out all through the pandemic that shut the world down.

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