Wolfmother Disband

Wolfmother has announced the resignation of bass/keyboard player Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett effective immediately.

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Australian award winning rock band Wolfmother has broken up, citing long-standing personal and musical differences. Bass/keyboard player Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett have resigned from the band, effective immediately, leaving just singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale.

According to a statement on the band's website, Stockdale plans to find other musicians before making a new Wolfmother album.

"Wolfmother toured the world virtually non-stop through 2006 and early 2007 on the back of their acclaimed self titled debut album," the statement said.

"Longstanding frictions within the group then led them to take an extended break during the second half of 2007 to consider their future."

The final straw came at the weekend where Wolfmother headlined last Sunday at the Splendour In The Grass Festival in Byron Bay. "Following that show Chris Ross decided to announce that he was leaving the band due to irreconcilable personal and musical differences," the statement said.

"Myles Heskett has also decided to leave the band rather than continuing as part of a changed lineup. The pair has been working together on songs for some time and they plan to focus their energies on that new project in the future."

Stockdale, Heskett and Ross will make no public statements.

"They simply ask all Wolfmother fans to please understand that in spite of their best efforts over a long period of time, they just could not find a harmonious way to work together and that has led to the decisions announced today," the statement said.

Thanks for the info to BrisbaneTimes.

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    f1sk
    damn never really listened to them but isn't this a little short lived maybe they will go on to make something cooler kind of like when at the drive in broke up and later became mars volta
    royalrocker311
    Ouch, that's not good. :/ They had some cool stuff, and I did see them as possibly reviving the classic rock scene. But who knows what the future will bring.
    PissInMyShoeses
    MAn thats sucks. Back before their album even came out in the states i was into them and they were my first concert. And for everyone who says "they only famous cuz they have a couple good songs" They only have one album. Most modern rock albums have maybe 1 or 2 but for me, that album was solid track for track except for Woman.
    Schnitzel_Man
    JRowe3388 wrote: I bet Mike Patton is laughing his ass off.
    Haha, yes! Bit of a shame, I didn't mind Wolfmother. Maybe a new lineup will still be ok though.
    Melodic_Rocker
    i wasn't a huge fan of this band but i have aquite a few of their songs and i enjoyed listening to them... this is disappointing theyre one of the few good bands of today
    marcus00
    That sucks. Hopefully Andrew will continue in the same fashion. I wasn't too impressed when I heard these guys for the first time, but they stuck in my head enough that I bought the album and thoroughly enjoyed it. I know they get a bad rap from a lot of people out there for ripping off other bands or whatever, but if I hear something I like, that's all that matters to me. Isn't that what music should be? Also, I used to be a big Mike Patton fan, but after his elitist rant about these guys. I always thought he was a pretty cool guy, but I lost a lot of respect for him after that and can't really enjoy any of his work any more.
    simmonsalmighty
    this is sad one of my fav bands broke up but on the good side stockdale is getting other musicans to contiune wolfmother and the new album for all you people that is going all oh man they suck and they copied zeppelin and sabbath they didnt they that was there infuences they made there own sound that was simalar to it and if you say they suck and they are a terrible band then why do read it and comment on it
    Bassboi904
    Damn. Ross and Heskett were more talented at their instruments than Stockdale if you ask me. Heskett had some pretty sweet fills, and Ross did have some good basslines. Maybe it's because Stockdale had to sing at the same time, but whatever. Pleased to Meet You had an awesome solo, but that had to be at least three or four guitar parts dubbed together. All three of them are talented though...so maybe two good bands will come out of this. And to everyone saying they copied Zeppelin/Sabbath/ACDC: you can hear their influence in their music, but they didn't directly copy them. Listen to Love Train. It has one of the most creative intros I've heard in a rock song. That tropical sound they got was really cool.
    Godbe
    Hopefully 2 good bands will come out of this though. I get the feeling Stockdale was the driving force behind Wolfmother, so the new lineup should still sound the same(ish).
    PoorStavi
    i never even liked wolfmother so i dont mind at all they were mediocre in my opinion
    GoWithTheFlow
    lead_zeppelin wrote: WTF that sucks. I tought Wolfmother could revive 70s hardrock and make it popular again.
    thats impossible! that woud be like reviving dinasours. Fool!
    jimmy8778
    everyone says that wolfmother is a rippoff of older bands like led zepplin, sabbath, acdc, you name it. but really, arent a lot of those bands just ripping from earlier music, and changing the beats and instrumentation around, wolfmother was being nostalgic in the sense that they were using the traditional instrumentation, and actually had original music, i have listened to their cd through and through, and have not thought, "I've heard that in an AC/DC song, or Led Zepplin had a rift that sounded exactly the same as that. When you compare modern rock to classic, you will notice some things are copied, its hard not to, but atleast wolfmother made it a point that their music itself was original, while still borrowing from classics, with a classic sound to it, they never denied that much.
    Fiddelers elbow
    Fuck... I saw them live a month or two before they put out there album. The album was decent but there live shows were ****ing mind-blowing...
    qotsa1998
    Im pretty sure that this isnt the end of Wolfmother forever, so, like other UG headlines, its a bit misleading. They are/were a great band, very cool songs, and the White Unicorn video is one of the best Popcore(Pray for Plaugues, Attack by 30stm, polyamorous by Breaking Benjamin)-style videos ive ever seen. But for now, it seems like well just have to wait for Stockdale to find some new musicians.
    AeroRocker
    step one) find a new drummer step two) find another guitarist step three) start reign over modern rock world
    That-Funny-Guy
    one of my favorite bands. this sux mykes and chris were one of the coolest rythym sections ever.
    megadethirish
    wshnationals wrote: good thing. shitty ac/dc ripoff band
    No my friend, that would be Airbourne!
    BassFishin
    well that sucks. although it explains why they haven't put out a new song in 2 years.
    withoutanyname
    Nooooo... that's all I wanna say... i just hope there'll be a second album, or whatever with the songs they played at the Andy Warhol show... they were great...
    Tordyboi
    Matt_1213 wrote: whatamidoinhere wrote: So basically they just got sick of their singer? zartists.net wrote: good they got rid of the singer, with a better frontman they could do really well. Bit of a shame the singer IS the band mate. He wrote all their material, plus all the guitar parts. The keyboardist and the drummer were just along for the ride. Should be pretty easy to replace them in all honesty.
    Its really arrogant to think that you can just replace everyone without the singer and guitarist, not having any impact on their sound. Since your on this site i assume that you play in a band. Everyone decides how things work. Not just the guitar player and singer. I know that wolfmothers next album is going to be very different, soundwise.
    jefffelker40
    the worst thing about this happening is now what he have to look forward to in the future no matter if the future wolfmother is good or not, is countless whiny little bitches crying that "wolfmother just isn't the same since so and so left" this will go on forever regardless of what happens.
    Savage Animal
    SERIALTRENDKILL wrote: Yea too bad Jimmy Page stole pretty much all of the material for Zeppelin's first album! I haven't given wolfmother a chance yet, so i have no true opinion here. i will soon though. also, led zeppelin didnt steal anything. jimmy page was in the yardbirds with clapton and beck and they co wrote a ton of stuff together. it just so happened that they all used pieces of what they wrote in the yardbirds, later on. it turned out none of it sounded the same anyways, so that issue became irrelevant.
    black mountainside is a song by bert jansch that jimmy page decided to play but gave NO credit to jansch. also stairway to heavens main progression is taken from a song by Spirit. if you look into it its pretty obvious jimmy page is a douche
    pinkhaze29
    JRowe3388 wrote: I bet Mike Patton is laughing his ass off.
    My thoughts exactly ^.^ I never liked Wolfmother... something about them....
    Domine6377
    SERIALTRENDKILL wrote: Yea too bad Jimmy Page stole pretty much all of the material for Zeppelin's first album! I haven't given wolfmother a chance yet, so i have no true opinion here. i will soon though. also, led zeppelin didnt steal anything. jimmy page was in the yardbirds with clapton and beck and they co wrote a ton of stuff together. it just so happened that they all used pieces of what they wrote in the yardbirds, later on. it turned out none of it sounded the same anyways, so that issue became irrelevant.
    no led did steal alot of music from other blues musicians. they put their own spin on it and added lyrics here and there but their first 2 albums were mostly redone versions of blues songs they liked. Dazed and confused...not written by led zeppelin they took howlin wolfs killin floor and used it for lemon song. jimi hendrix used killin floor to open at monteray i think he did a way better job lol. (no offense to zep i love zep with all my heart)
    melle-cobain
    nooooo that sucks wolfmother was one of my favorate bands i hope the real wolfmother sound will not leave when there is coming new band members
    Domine6377
    man i really wish this didnt happen. they were a really good band and i see their influences from other bands but i dont see them copying in any way. ive never listened to their songs and said "my god is sabbath revived!" i mean their singers voice obviously sets them apart. and most will say is a whiney screech but honestly he has a really good voice. its just like with bob dylan his voice blows but he took it and made it beautiful, i see the same type of situation with andrew stockdale. i hope he keeps WM together and continues to make albums.