“What do you get when Mars Volta, Black Sabbath, Led Zeppelin, and The White Stripes all collide in space? Wolfmother.”
I found this picture online and it immediately hit me that this describes the band perfectly.
This week’s Lookback is Wolfmother’s self-titled debut. What makes it so appealing? Maybe its the face melting guitar solos and the rock star ambiance the band brings to stage. Maybe its the vocals that match the legendary Robert Plant and the guitar riffs that combine the edginess of The White Stripes with the loud sound of Black Sabbath. Whatever it is, I absolutely love it. Their sound is exhilarating and I can’t get enough of it.
What got me into this band in the first place was their hit single, “Woman”, an up-tempo track filled with loud guitars (and I mean loud) alongside a catchy rock chorus that takes you back to the 80s. The repetitive melody hooks you from the very beginning, making it almost impossible to let it go.
Don’t worry though, if you feel like something a bit more ‘chill’ (which is actually kind of difficult when listening to Wolfmother) there are tracks like “Where Eagles Have Been” which starts off nice and soft with beautiful acoustics only to explode towards the end with a kick ass guitar solo that’ll have you jamming along right away.
Wolfmother is a three-piece rock band hailing from Sydney, Australia. Their sound took the world by storm in 2006, allowing them to earn a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance for their song “Woman”.
Their self-titled debut released in October of 2005, created by the original trio: Andrew Stockdale (vocals/guitar), Chris Ross (bass/keyboard), and Myles Heskett (drums). Unfortunately two of the founding members, Heskett and Ross, left the band in 2008 citing “irreconcilable personal and musical differences”.
Enough about that though, let’s talk about Wolfmother.
The album starts off with a signature Stockdale screech on “Dimension”, after that there’s no coming back. Track after track you’re hit with guitars, guitars, and more guitars. The band has a way to capture a unique style with their music, while also incorporating tidbits of classic rock styles that are immediately catchy and intriguing.
“Mind’s Eye” is a little more on the eerie side. It’s a lot more emotional and you can hear the passion in Stockdale’s vocals, it flows along so smoothly with the guitars regardless of the fact that the song isn’t meant to be such a loud track. This is one of the many things about Wolfmother I love.
“Pyramid” is just one giant instrumental guitar solo. Yes, you read that correctly. It’s incredible. I can’t forget to mention “Witchcraft”, which has some great flutes that play along with the guitars. FLUTES.
“White Unicorn” and “Apple Tree” are filled with an abundance of guitar solos, but tracks like “Vagabond” and “Love Train” are much more dedicated to creating a more smooth sounding melody that can attract almost every listener. I LOVE the energy Wolfmother has. It’s explosive, infectious, and unique all in one. It’s saddening the trio had to break up, but I’m glad they released this masterpiece beforehand. This album is one you can break out at any moment of the day just to jam out to, I would HIGHLY recommend this alongside Royal Blood’s debut release, both would accompany each other perfectly.