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Second Album In Wolfmother's Sights

Of the Oakland Press

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The Australian hard rock trio Wolfmother is moving ahead toward its second album — but not necessarily with a sense of urgency.

“We’ve just been jamming around with new ideas and stuff — that’s kind of how we create things, is by jamming around,” reports bassistkeyboardist Chris Ross. “I think we just need to get some time to structure all the ideas we’ve got going around, and right now we’re still out on the road.

“But that’s fine with me. I think we’re all really progressing, doing all this playing. And when we do get time to muck around, the ideas just sort of come out really thick and fast, which is cool.”

Besides, Ross and has bandmates are still enjoying the run of their self-titled debut album.

“Wolfmother” has gone fivetimes platinum in the band’s homeland and Top 30 in the United States and the U.K. It netted three ARIA Awards down under and also a Best Hard Rock Performance Grammy for the song “Woman.” Wolfmother also has gotten plenty of airplay for tracks such as “The Joker and the Thief,” “Dimension” and “White Unicorn.”

And Ross says he has no easy explanation for why things have gone so right so quickly for the band.

“It’s strange, isn’t it? It’s that whole X factor,” he says. “I guess it’s a culmination of things, like putting a lot into the show. People really like to see that, and we like to do it. You lose yourself and get totally immersed and go for it, which is a lot of fun and very rewarding for us — and for the audience, too.

“I think the general masses like to see something interesting. They like to see people going nuts, like we do.”

Wolfmother, the Softlites and the Hard Lessons perform 8:30 p.m. Saturday (June 30th) at the Fillmore Detroit (formerly the State Theatre), 2115 Woodward Ave., Detroit. Tickets are $25-$35. Call (313) 961-5450 or visit www.livenation. com.

Web Site: www.livenation.com

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