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Interview:
Wolfmother leader is feeling more prolific than everr
 

By GARY GRAFF
Digital First Media, @GraffonMusic

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Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale got on something of a creative tear during the past few years.

Though the Australian musician regularly took four years or more between releases since 2005, Wolfmother's new "Victorious," which came out Feb. 19, followed its predecessor "New Crown" by just two years -- a land speed record by Stockdale's standards.

"Things were held up over the last 10 years," Stockdale, 39, explains by phone from Los Angeles. "there's been a lot of different reasons they've been held up, but I don't have those problems any more, (laughs) which is nice.

"This record only took me maybe two and a half, three weeks to write. It's good to be writing continuously. It's like a muscle; you've got to use it. If you don't do it regularly you slip back a little bit, so I like writing and recording as much as possible."

It's also a solitary pursuit for Stockdale. Though Wolfmother is a band in name there's no question it's Stockdale's baby, with only Ian Peres as a constant since 2009. But you'll find Stockdale not only doing all the writing but playing all the guitar and bass parts and bringing others in as needed.

But making Wolfmother sound like a band hasn't been particularly hard, either, he says.

"Y'know, what is a band?" Stockdale says. "It's drums, bass, guitar, vocals and everything sort of playing off each other. If you have a multi-track recorder, which everybody has, I jam with myself, and that's how you make it sound like a band. People go 'Whoa! Whoa! That's not a band,' but why not? If I didn't tell you it was just me, you'd listen and you wouldn't know.

"The main thing is it works live. I try to write for the live context, so that when the band plays it, it will be a powerful tool, like if everyone plays this right it will have a huge impact. That's what we're going for."

Wolfmother and Deap Vally

Friday, Feb. 26. Doors open at 8 p.m.

Saint Andrews Hall, 431 E. Congress St., Detroit.

Tickets are $25.

Call 313-961-6358 or visit saintandrewsdetroit.com.


Web Site: www.saintandrewsdetroit.com

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