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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    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.
    CJRocker
    Honestly, not a shock. They made an alright first record, but from the start always felt like they were a one hit wonder. Oh well, still Airbourne (who imo had a much more solid debut from start to finish).
    sebbsmith
    Even if Andrew carries on, it won't be the same without Chris' sweet keyboard.
    Raoul_Duke_92
    Well, I think there's potential for the new Wolfmother to be better than the first. Jimmy Page was put in a similar position with the Yardbirds. He came back with Led Zeppelin, so there's a chance the new Wolfmother could be good. Then again, Stockdale is also in a similar position as Axl Rose was. And we all know how amazing the new GNR is...
    Dragon Master
    CJRocker wrote: Honestly, not a shock. They made an alright first record, but from the start always felt like they were a one hit wonder. Oh well, still Airbourne (who imo had a much more solid debut from start to finish).
    True, but Wolfmother also has its place in rock history.
    Dragon Master
    djjiles wrote: That article back in late 2007 mention that they had 10 songs already done??? where is the album god dammit!
    They should get the album released. It may be like a posthumous album, sort of like Jimi Hendrix's First Rays of the Rising Sun. However, the album should be released. I mean, as far as it goes, Wolfmother can't really release a greatest hits album, unless they intend to reissue their debut with their performance of "Communication Breakdown" and "Pleased to Meet You." There are a few videos of their new songs, online. Look up "Monolith." Still, this is going to remain a rock and roll classic album. It really will. It reminds us how rock and roll is still alive. I mean, indie rock is rock and roll, but we need guitar heroes. We need the archetype of a rock and roll band. Indie rock doesn't completely fulfill that. Jack White is the best we have, right now. This is going to go down in history as the band that time forgot. Maybe, the album will be like Chinese Democracy.
    Shecter78787
    NOO i really liked them and never got too see them live.... god damnit this like me being 2 when Nirvana was still around nooooo
    ferretface
    That's a shame. Watching a guy switch from playing bass to keyboard live is awesome
    Tin_man
    Oh, I know how to fix this problem! Spread the news about a band called Led Zeppelin. Once everyone listens to them, Wolfmother won't be missed. They weren't bringing back classic rock. Shinedown's Us and Them was the best nod at classic rock we'll probably see for a while. Classic Rock got that way by AGING, though, folks. You can't bring that back, it doesn't make sense. Something has to BECOME classic, it can't just BE classic...
    Dragon Master
    Jehuty wrote: Really sucks to hear this: but the truth is that they didn't play very tight. Andrew really needs to learn to control his voice and get better at guitar. If you ask me - Chris Ross was the best part of the band. He had a LOT of great basslines.
    Yeah, I mean, Andrew wasn't exactly Jimmy Page.
    farglesnuff
    sooooo disapointing. i just saw them 2 weeks ago at pemberton festival and they were awesome! if i can remember correctly (pretty effed up the whole time) i believe they played a couple songs ive never heard. i guess you could kinda sense that this was coming seeing that they havnt released an album since their first one...
    deadlyMETAL
    SERIALTRENDKILL wrote: ive heard this crap before. I saw the interview about it too. its not the same. and things that jimmy page "took" were usually just covers. ex. "baby please dont go" originally by big joe. Eventually, someone is going to come up with something that sounds like something else. Nobody can listen to every track ever made and make sure their recordings are completely unique. its impossible. Led Zep is ridiculous and i refuse to believe that the genius that is Jimmy Page went around stealing lesser known music when he never even had a formula to what he did in the first place. he freestyle'd "its been a long time" off of a little richard drum-line that Bonham was playing for fun. he never had a formula to his solos either. he only knew where he'd start, but never where it'd end up going. the man is pure genius, whether your stubborn about it or not.
    All guitarists can be accused of, and are always, taking licks, tricks, ideas, etc. from other musicians. It's not because they're a kleptomaniac or unoriginal, it's because the basic licks have already been shown to the world, and the ones that evolved from them became the new basic licks that players borrow and use today. For example, let's look at the pentatonic scale. You can bend the second scale note on the 3rd string a full step, hit the second scale note on the 2nd string, then let the 3rd string bend come back down and then do something cool out of that. That's a basic feature of the pentatonic scale, and use of it (and other licks) does NOT mean you are unoriginal, it just means you're learning from other musicians. Sure, there are as of yet undiscovered licks, but guitarists aren't unoriginal if they use licks from other bands, so long as it is really their solo. (Shameless overuse of the same licks IS unoriginal theft, though.) Can't say much about Wolfmother, I heard two songs from them (one I don't even remember the name of), so I'll just see if they pop up anywhere notable in the future.
    Jehuty
    Really sucks to hear this: but the truth is that they didn't play very tight. Andrew really needs to learn to control his voice and get better at guitar. If you ask me - Chris Ross was the best part of the band. He had a LOT of great basslines.
    deadlyMETAL
    SERIALTRENDKILL wrote: ive heard this crap before. I saw the interview about it too. its not the same. and things that jimmy page "took" were usually just covers. ex. "baby please dont go" originally by big joe. Eventually, someone is going to come up with something that sounds like something else. Nobody can listen to every track ever made and make sure their recordings are completely unique. its impossible. Led Zep is ridiculous and i refuse to believe that the genius that is Jimmy Page went around stealing lesser known music when he never even had a formula to what he did in the first place. he freestyle'd "its been a long time" off of a little richard drum-line that Bonham was playing for fun. he never had a formula to his solos either. he only knew where he'd start, but never where it'd end up going. the man is pure genius, whether your stubborn about it or not.
    All guitarists can be accused of, and are always, taking licks, tricks, ideas, etc. from other musicians. It's not because they're a kleptomaniac or unoriginal, it's because the basic licks have already been shown to the world, and the ones that evolved from them became the new basic licks that players borrow and use today. For example, let's look at the pentatonic scale. You can bend the second scale note on the 3rd string a full step, hit the second scale note on the 2nd string, then let the 3rd string bend come back down and then do something cool out of that. That's a basic feature of the pentatonic scale, and use of it (and other licks) does NOT mean you are unoriginal, it just means you're learning from other musicians. Sure, there are as of yet undiscovered licks, but guitarists aren't unoriginal if they use licks from other bands, so long as it is really their solo. (Shameless overuse of the same licks IS unoriginal theft, though.)
    Blinder
    That's it?! They were together just 3 years and now they broke up?! SUUUUUCKs
    Phill-Rock
    Man, I got their debut the day it was released in Europe... But, meh, Andrew seems to be the soul of this band's sound.
    [x]Huffy[x]
    Dragon Master wrote: LifesSweetDrug wrote: One of the few new bands that were actually good This kind of real sucks. The hope of getting rock back instead of emo is lost No, it's not. There's hope. People want rock and roll and rock and roll is what they're getting. What stinks is that Wolfmother isn't coming back, because they toured too much and didn't focus on writing albums. Now, they're done. Wolfmother has a chance of coming back, but Andrew Stockdale is the one who decides that. I mean, they were supposed to come back with a second album. I guess they spent too much time touring.
    Stockdale is still working on the new album. This hasn't hindered that. Wolfmother doesn't need a "chance of coming back". The new record is still being made. He just needs to replace two average musicians. Not difficult.
    Moozze
    Well, to me this doesnt look like the end of Wolfmother. I'm still looking forward to their new album.
    lanzaa
    damn that must really suck for the fans. it always sucks to see a band disband
    Flying Afros
    Raoul_Duke_92 wrote: Well, I think there's potential for the new Wolfmother to be better than the first. Jimmy Page was put in a similar position with the Yardbirds. He came back with Led Zeppelin, so there's a chance the new Wolfmother could be good. Then again, Stockdale is also in a similar position as Axl Rose was. And we all know how amazing the new GNR is...
    Hahaha, all too true.
    life_247
    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.
    You obviously aint seen them live. Those boys pound it out, they will sorely be missed.
    Genghis_khan
    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.
    ...and we call that a band?
    RAGman22ReborN
    this is wat happens when the vocalist tends to go a bit off-key live. i kno cuz iv seen em live n he does go a bit off n they prolly got sick of that crap
    CrabShrapnel
    Dragon Master wrote: Jehuty wrote: Really sucks to hear this: but the truth is that they didn't play very tight. Andrew really needs to learn to control his voice and get better at guitar. If you ask me - Chris Ross was the best part of the band. He had a LOT of great basslines. Yeah, I mean, Andrew wasn't exactly Jimmy Page.
    When you're a sloppier player live than Jimmy Page, you know you have to break out the metronome and work on technique for a few months, something Andrew did not do. I saw these guys about 2 years ago and it was the sloppiest set I have ever seen. They were so messed up. Andrew took a solid 5 minutes to tune his guitar after 3 songs. Live. In front of everyone. Didn't mute his guitar. Chris also knocked over his keyboard in a drunken stupor, but I'll let that slide.
    customisbetter
    Dragon Master wrote: djjiles wrote: That article back in late 2007 mention that they had 10 songs already done??? where is the album god dammit! They should get the album released. It may be like a posthumous album, sort of like Jimi Hendrix's First Rays of the Rising Sun. However, the album should be released. I mean, as far as it goes, Wolfmother can't really release a greatest hits album, unless they intend to reissue their debut with their performance of "Communication Breakdown" and "Pleased to Meet You." There are a few videos of their new songs, online. Look up "Monolith." Still, this is going to remain a rock and roll classic album. It really will. It reminds us how rock and roll is still alive. I mean, indie rock is rock and roll, but we need guitar heroes. We need the archetype of a rock and roll band. Indie rock doesn't completely fulfill that. Jack White is the best we have, right now. This is going to go down in history as the band that time forgot. Maybe, the album will be like Chinese Democracy.
    damn, i agree with everything said here.
    The Eyes of OZ
    JRowe3388 : I bet Mike Patton is laughing his ass off.
    LOL, I was going to mention that but I thought it might be too obscure for most people. GOOD ONE.
    The Eyes of OZ
    I have to say, that while I enjoyed most of the music and arrangements. I HATED their lyrics, some the worst I'd heard in a while. The only songs I heard were the ones radio played. They never caught my interest enough to buy the album. Someone mentioned Airborne further up there. PLEASE! That is THE WORST AC/DC rip off band I have EVER heard.
    jimRH7
    It's a shame - wolfmother were one of the few new real rock bands in a sea of indy pish whose sound had character and also had decent songs. Their album is amazing and I thought they were the best band I saw at doonload last year. Plus hardly any bands have keys players. I hope the 2nd generation is as good as the 1st !
    mrheaphy
    at least we still have queens of the stone age to make good new songs
    thec0dy
    lol stupidity...when you're at the level wolfmother was money should be the only motivation they need to stay together
    dhoyft
    The pictures for these headlines are always pretty deceiving. Thats too bad though. Wolfmother was pretty good.