Its been just short of a year since we heard that the Wolfmother rhythm section was departing and sole remaining member Andrew Stockdale was going on hiatus.
Well, as we now know Stockdale didnt take much time off. By February, he had announced the retooling of the band with Dave Atkins on drums, Ian Peres on keys, and Aidan Nemeth on guitar. The tetrad immediately started writing new material and tested it out during a couple of benefit shows Down Under. Now that the band was whole again, they hopped on a jetliner and took the 14+ hour flight to Los Angeles to record Wolfmother’s much anticipated sophomore release.
After a couple of months in the studio with legendary producer Alan Moulder (check this stunning list of albums/artists), the band will emerge on October 13th with the result, a brand new full-length entitled Cosmic Egg.
Speaking about the album’s 18 tracks as compared to to material released by the previous incarnation of Wolfmother, Stockdale proclaimed, Everything is magnified. The heaviness is magnified to heavier state. The simple ones are really simplistic, two-minute songs, and the journey songs are like 12 parts.” (See the previously released “Back Round” for an early taste.)
With the record in the bag and set for an October release, the band is ready to hit the road and test out some of the new material on fans. At the end of next month, Wolfmother will kick things off with a performance at the Epicenter Festival in Ponoma, CA before the group heads east for a slew of dates opening for The Killers. Then, the band will head back home to Australia and wait out the release of Cosmic Egg before coming back to the states for a soon to be announced headlining tour.
Wolfmother 2009-2010 Tour Dates:
08/22 Ponoma, CA @ Epicenter Festival
08/31 Columbia, MD @ Merriweather Post Pavillion #
09/01 Wantagh, NY @ Nikon at Jones BeachTheater #
09/02 Holmdel, NJ @ PNC Bank Arts Center #
09/04 Boston, MA @ Banknorth Garden #
09/05 Montreal, QC @ Quai Jacques Cartier #
09/06 Toronto, ON @ Molson Amphitheater #
09/17 Brisbane, AU @ The Tivoli
09/19 Sydney, AU @ The Enmore
09/23 Perth, AU @ Capitol
09/24 Adelaide, AU @ HQ Live
09/25 Melbourne, AU @ The Palace
10/31 New Orleans, LA @ Voodoo Experience
02/11 Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium *
02/13 – Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium *
02/15 – Melbourne, AU @ Etihad Stadium *
02/18 Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium *
02/20 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium *
02/22 – Sydney, AU @ ANZ Stadium *
02/25 Brisbane, AU @ QSAC *
02/27 – Brisbane, AU @ QSAC *
03/02 Adelaide, AU @ Adelaide Oval *
03/06 Perth, AU @ Subiaco Oval *
03/08 – Perth, AU @ Subiaco Oval *
# = w/ The Killers
* = w/ AC/DC