Since the May release of its self-titled debut album, Australia’s Wolfmother has become the world’s favorite new classic rock band — much to the surprise of its three members.
“At first,” says bassistkeyboardist Chris Ross, “I was really surprised ’cause people were referencing these amazing, legendary bands — ‘This bit reminds me of this bit out of a (Black) Sabbath song, and that bit reminds me of something out of a Pink Floyd song ...’ I was like, ‘Really? You really think it sounds like that? That’s cool!’
“But I know for us that we honestly created this sound with the three of us working together, not trying to emulate anyone else. The fact that people think elements of it sound like those (bands) ... it doesn’t really bother me.”
Fans have been getting their fill of Wolfmother this year thanks to radio play for songs such as “The Joker and the Thief” (whose video features the cast of “Jackass”), “Dimension” and “White Unicorn.” The Sydney-based trio also won three ARIA awards — the Australian equivalent of the Grammys — and is planning to tour well into 2007.
And Ross says the benefits of the comparisons has been to increase his own musical knowledge.
“People were mentioning all these bands I hadn’t heard of before — Blue Öyster Cult and Blue Cheer, Emerson, Lake & Palmer,” he says. “I hadn’t really listened to those, so it’s been educating. I’ve really been getting into Yes and Emerson, Lake & Palmer, which I’d never really listened to before. So that’s a good thing.”
Wolfmother and Silversun Pickups perform Friday (November 24th) at the Majestic Theater, 4140 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Doors open at 8 p.m. Tickets are sold out. Call (313) 833-9700 or visit www.majesticdetroit.com.