Wolfmother, the bombastic trio of Andrew Stockdale (guitar/vocals), Chris Ross (bass/keyboards) and Myles Heskett (drums), have been performing together since 2004. Then in 2006 their self-titled full-length debut landed the native Australians on the music scene with all the subtlety of Conan the Barbarian leaping on Thulsa Doom in a wrestling match to the death. For sheer power, fury and bigness of sound in a non-metal group, it's hard to top Wolfmother. Sabbath and Zep are constant comparisons, but Kyuss and Blue Cheer are more accurate. Stockdale reportedly settled on his high-pitched wails after failing to sound like Henry Rollins. And unlike the irony-fueled antics of The Darkness (forgotten them already?), Wolfmother's large themes and mystical musings on ages past, with self-explanatory titles like "White Unicorn," "Dimension," "Joker & the Thief" and "Witchcraft," are played straight. It's not retro-rock, but new music in a classic vein, la countrymates Jet -- though Wolfmother may have the more, shall we say, devoted fans. One Wolfmother enthusiast was thrown out of a show for masturbating under the stage during the band's set. Let's see that happen during a Men at Work concert.
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Bob Ruggiero has been writing about music, books, visual arts and entertainment for the Houston Press since 1997, with an emphasis on classic rock. He used to have an incredible and luxurious mullet in college as well. He is the author of the band biography Slippin’ Out of Darkness: The Story of WAR.
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