When it comes to Aussie acts that are almost purpose-built to whip festival crowds into a frenzy, Wolfmother would have to be pretty high on that list.
And, fresh off the back of a massive Splendour set earlier this year, and a string of festival slots across Europe, the Joker and the Theif hitmakers are gearing up for a headline slot at Scene & Heard this November.
Wolfmother main man Andrew Stockdale told Newcastle Live the band couldn’t wait to get into the ears of Newcastle punters again.
“Yeah, we can’t wait for Scene & Heard – it’s going to be huge,” Andrew enthused.
“We really thrive on playing in front of big crowds and with a lineup like this one, this crowd is going to be massive.”
With the crowd promising to be massive Andrew said that fans could expect a full-tilt Wolfmother set, reveling in all of those glorious riffs that propelled them to global success.
But there may be a few new surprises in store with the band currently in the process of recording album number five – a follow-up to 2016’s Victorious.
Andrew revealed that he had been working on the record at Dave Grohl’s Studio 606 in Los Angeles and the man himself, and a few of his rock and roll mate popped in for a listen.
“So I was over at 606 about 12 months ago working on a couple of songs,” he said.
“Anyway I was doing some mixing and on the same day, Dave was hosting a BBQ for the launch of the studio’s video editing setup. Next thing I know Brad Wilk from range Against The Machine walks into the mixing room, then Josh Homme from Queens of The Stone Age and the Eagles of Death Metal guys – honestly it was pretty intense.
“I mean, if you’re going to play mixes to a group of people for the first time, this is the group you want to play them for.”
Like the full-tilt set promised for Scene & Heard, Andrew said that the next Wolfmother record would redouble the bands’ efforts to unleash the hardest hitting riffs possible on the general public.
He added that this desire to get back to the roots of the riff was borne out of Andrew’s musical experimentations on his solo efforts Keep Moving (2013) and Slipstream (2018).
“Looking at Wolfmother in 2019, for me it’s all about the riffs,” Andrew said. “I am trying my best to avoid mid-tempo rock and roll at all costs and go for a much more unrelenting rock and roll approach – much more in a similar vein to Woman or Joker And The Thief.
“All I can say is it’s going to be colossal.”
SCENE & HEARD
SUNDAY 10 NOVEMBER
THE DANDY WARHOLS (USA)
ALEX LLOYD (Performing Black The Sun)
SNEAKY SOUND SYSTEM
DON’T COME MONDAY STAGE