Wolfmother: Andrew Stockdale Spills The Truth

The band's guitarist/singer is opinionated though passionate, headstrong yet still dedicated to the idea that music might take people to a higher plain - if only for a few minutes.

Wolfmother: Andrew Stockdale Spills The Truth
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Though he has steadfastly denied his roots, Andrew Stockdale, lead guitarist/singer of the Australian trio Wolfmother, finally spills the truth. Here, in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar, the musician cops to his classic rock influences - though belatedly. The band's first major release album titled after the group combines Zeppelinesque riffs, Sabbath-like trumpeting rhythms, and even snatches of golden oldies like the Hollies and even the Beatles. Andrew is opinionated though passionate, headstrong yet still dedicated to the idea that music might take people to a higher plain - if only for a few minutes. He may take himself a bit too seriously, and expound just a little too much on the ways of the world, but for good or bad he is an honest young man and here he shares those ideas. Ultimate-Guitar: What really intrigued me with the record were the classic influences. You obviously listened to a lot of Led Zeppelin, Sabbath, and Hendrix? Andrew Stockdale: Hey, what are you talking about? Where did you pull this out? Come on, Andrew. Fess up. For a band to take those influences and turn that into something modern, that's something really new. What interested you in that era of music? This is a difficult question. Well, okay. What inspired me? Well, I like riffs. I grew up listening to a lot of indie music, where it was kind of discord and chord progressions. And rock and roll just had riffs, and it seemed solid and it seemed to sound good. And I wanted to try and be a part of that and try and write a riff. I wasn't specifically thinking of any particular band like the ones that you mentioned. But you did listen to those bands? Uh, I've heard. You know, I've listened to maybe eight songs by those bands. I haven't got all the albums or anything. Is that the truth? Of course! Are you calling me a liar? Not at all. No, I just had The Best of Black Sabbath and I heard "War Pigs" and various other things. I've listened to Led Zeppelin. I've listened to?that's it. I've listened to thousands of songs in my short life span. You could listen to the Animals. You can listen to the golden oldies, psychedelic music, Hendrix or whatever. So, yeah, I just wanted to play a riff and that was it. I wanted to break away from that discord and indie, sort of 90's kind of Sonic Youth, Pavement, various other things that I loved. I loved all that kind of stuff, I wanted to do a straightforward riff. I know that the other guys are into like Kyuss and a lot of stoner sort of stuff. And maybe that also influenced that sort of, a bit more minimalistic, contemporary sort of vibe. But how it all works and how the sound evolved, you can talk about references as you mentioned, but I think what a lot of people overlook is that it's the synergy of the band. A band is three people playing together and playing off people. It's a rare occurrence when you get a band that can actually play together. You can get a band where there's like a drummer who's like a drummer that's like the star drummer and he isn't listening to the song and he's just imposing their own drum solos over the whole thing, or a singer who's over singing or anything. I think that's the thing about Wolfmother. It's that it's a good band. And we've made the songs number one, and we all try to create good music rather than showcasing our talents or whatever. Did you specifically want a trio? Yeah. Yeah, well it's a lot easier for the ideas to follow through their natural progression with three people. If you have more people in the band, you've got to convince five people that it's a good idea to do the song. Whereas with three people, it seems really streamlined.
"I just wanted to play a riff and that was it."
Did you want keyboards as part of the sound? Well, yeah. The keyboard comes into it in "Woman." "Dimension" was the first song and there's another keyboard in that. And then "Woman" is a keyboard that's just for a solo. And then the next song was "White Unicorn," and that's the keyboard with the delay pedal, just to put in an abstract sound. Just to create a psychological journey in the middle of the song. After that, Chris started jumping more on the keyboards throughout the song. And you know, playing it in the verse, the chorus, doing more so it has come more to the forefront from there. But originally, it was just to kind of add those little elements to the song. When he's playing the keyboards live, does it allow you to do more with your guitar playing? No, it doesn't really affect me. I haven't noticed it. It doesn't change the way I play at all. So whether he's playing electric bass or keyboard bass, it doesn't change anything? Not that I'm aware of. Can you talk a bit about the guitars and amps that you are using on the record? The guitars, well, I used a 1980s 335 Gibson for most of the album. We used a Laney Clip amp. We used an Orange 1960s amp. We used a Hi Watt. We used Marshall JMPs. But you know, I don't really know much about amplifiers. For the technical specifications of what they do, I just go by sound. I know what sounds good, but I don't know why it sounds good. Don't you play an SG? Yeah, I play an SG. But you didn't play it on the record? No. Have you been sort of a hollow-body guitar guy? I think it just sounded better for the recording. But I haven't used one live. I've got one, though. I would like to use it. How do you record live? Is it the three of you putting down live tracks or are you guys laying for a drum track? Yeah. What we do is go into the studio, all three of us, we mike everything up. We've put the amps in another room. We go through the song. The drum kit is all miked up. So we play it live, but what we're doing is we're only recording the drums. We've all got headphones on and we just record the drums. And from thereon, we do the bass keyboard after that. And we do the vocals after that, layering it over that initial drum track. Guitars go on last? That's right. Well, it's before the vocals though. Can you describe what your guitar sound is? Fuzz. A fuzz tone. A distorted tone. It's loud. You are playing loud in the studio? That's right. Extremely loud. That's important to the stuff you're doing? Yeah, probably, because the valves sound great if you turn it up to 11.
"It's a rare occurrence when you get a band that can actually play together."
Would you have wanted to work with producers like Eddie Kramer or Andy Johns? Someone who would have worked with Zeppelin or bands like that? I love the sounds of those records. I don't know. I'm very happy with what Dave (Sardy)did and I like the sound that he's done. So I do have a kind of loyalty to Dave. Was he somebody you specifically wanted to work with? Yeah. We were impressed by the way that he could do big rock guitar sounds and he could also, he had a sort of feel to the psychedelic era and a softer, acoustic things. He seemed like a very well rounded producer. You came from flamenco guitar background? Yeah, when I was a kid I played flamenco. Sat in my bedroom for two weeks playing flamenco. It's all I wanted to do. I wanted to go to Spain and become a fucking gypsy! So when did rock take over? Actually at the same time I was playing like Henry Rollins songs and I had an electric guitar. I had a bit of both at the same time. I loved both different worlds, but they are entirely different. The thing I thought with rock and roll was that is was just stupid. I just thought it was undermining my talent. I thought I could do better. You thought that flamenco required more of a player? It's an art form. It's more of a pure art form. Rock and roll is just like, a lot of it, is just kind of dumb. And the guitar is just silly. You're not going to learn anything and you're not going to become better. You're not going to have more insight into who you are in your soul and how you feel. A lot of it is just based on very simple emotions: aggression, love lost. I mean there are certain rock bands that do take it a lot further and do take it a bit more seriously. There's content within in it that you can take from it into your life. But I'd say a lot of it is just based on teenage rebellion and is a passing phase. I don't want to dedicate my life to that. Is that not what you're playing? No, you're right. You're right. On the other hand, that's what I'm good at. That's what I can do. I can do the no brainer, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll. That's who I am. I realized who I was. I wasn't good enough for the flamenco. Can you name bands that moved you lyrically? Bob Dylan. Yeah, that's good stuff. No one can kind of snub you off of getting into that. Nick Drake. I really love Nick Drake. But I found it too melancholy, too restrictive, too inhibitive. It's just one emotion. I don't like things that just tap into one emotion. That's why for me The Beatles, to me, are the number one band. They can go from "Norwegian Wood" to "Tomorrow Never Knows." They are open as people. They're very open people. And I think sometimes people just get too, what's the word for it? Isolated? Isolated and absorbed and preoccupied with one little phase in their life, one little emotion they feed off of and exists within the rest of their life. You've got to break out of that. Like angst, or punk angst stuff. To me, after a little while, it becomes a little too prefabricated, angst. I mean, just write a love song! Write a song about a fucking bird! So what if your mom didn't direct debit $30,000 dollars into your trust fund and didn't buy you a second bloody Hummer or whatever. "Mommy and daddy don't love?" It's just like, who gives a shit? I can't relate to it. I don't care. I don't subscribe to their cause. I don't believe their angst. I don't believe their pain. Just be honest and say you're happy. You're middle class. You've got everything you want. You got a great education. Your parents love you. That might not make a great rock song, but that's the truth. The rest of it is just pretentious gesturing that can fool a couple million people with a good advertising campaign and distribution contacts. But do I want to listen to it in my free time? No way! I don't care less about it. You touched on Dylan earlier. Is your song "Joker & The Thief" taken from his lyric in "All Along the Watchtower"? Yeah, probably. I've totally ripped it off from Dylan. I have. I have. Every time you see a hip-hop artist go, "Make some noise," does everyone give them shit for doing the same thing? This is like one line from a song 40 years ago. It's a good line. I'm not giving you shit. I'm just asking you a question because you had mentioned Dylan earlier. No, not you. I'm just saying that other people do. Talk about the effect on that riff of "Joker & The Thief." Yeah, what did I put on that? A Small Stone. I was in a shop one morning walking into where we jam. I saw this AC/DC "Thunderstruck." And I was like, I want to write a stadium rock song. I went into the studio and said, "Doo-duh-lee, doo-duh-lee." What's the best thing to do after that? Just do something cleaner. "Doo, doo, doo.." Because, you know, you've got to have a big intro and then you have to have a balls-to-the-wall riff to knock it on the head in the next stage. But yeah, that's it. That's what I wanted to do and that's how I did it. And people don't know what they want to do. That's the thing in life. There's a lot of lost people. And you can take your path and everyone will either get in your way or encourage you. But the fact is, I took my path and I knew what I wanted to do. That's it. You've got to find out what you want to do. You've got to find out what you want to do, who you are, and how you want to live your life. And that's the never-ending mystery. What's your religion, your political stance? That's what I think is important. How we are going to live as a society going into a world that is decrepit with so much environmental damage and so much corruption. It's a male-dominated society that is basically on a path of destruction. In our own little way, how can we make our existence a positive part of a global consciousness? What can we do? That's what I want to know.
"That's what I can do. I can do the no brainer, balls-to-the-wall rock and roll."
And for you, music is your way in the world? Yeah, I mean, I hope with Wolfmother, I can do something positive. Everyone wants to hear, "What about the groupies? What's the craziest thing you've done backstage? Do you take drugs? Do you smoke pot? Do you do this?" I struggled before I was in a band. I never had any money. I've gone into the bank and filled out a withdrawal slip for five dollars because I didn't have enough money in there. It's become a society of the haves and have-nots. From the outside, there's no fucking way in. You look at all these massive corporations and you've got to be a part of it. And people live in so much anxiety and fear of reaction, fear of not being able to have a house and two cars and a wife, and that they can support a family. There's a lot of pressure in modern life. Look at a place like L. A. It's polluted to hell and back. What is anyone doing about it? They're trying to get the cars more under control. In the long run will it work? I don't know. I guess what gets me thinking about is that I've had a child recently. I've got a little daughter. Congratulations. Thanks. And you look at her and you think, she's four months old. What kind of world is she going to live in when she's, you know, 40? That's a scary thought. I don't really know what I'm doing, but I'm definitely trying to find direction spiritually. I believe in positivity - positive thought, positive action. I don't have any faith, but I'm a believer. At the end of the day when you look back at the record, is this the record you wanted to make? It's entertainment. It's 52 minutes in people's lives. It means nothing. It's just a bit of escape. It's rock and roll. It's just fun. Maybe it inspires them to do something, to make music or do whatever they want. Maybe it's a bit of escape from their lives. But at the end of the day, it's just music. If it hadn't been successful, would you still be playing clubs and fighting the good fight? Yeah, I don't know what I'd be doing. Maybe I'd be a teacher. I'd like to be an art teacher. I don't know. Do teaching. Do a simple job. I wouldn't want to be fostering any ambition to do anything of any great responsibility or consequence. I romanticize the simple life. What I'd like to do is have a house that is self-sufficient, solar-powered, surge system, environmentally in the hinterland in Queensland, Australia, and be a teacher and teach art. And probably ride my bike down there with a little family, raise kids, play the guitar, and that's it. That would be my life. You would walk away from all of this? No, I'm saying if this didn't happen. And as this gets bigger and bigger, does it get harder to maintain those ideals and not be part of the problem as opposed to the solution? Oh, yeah. Everyday there's opportunities to do whatever you want to do. I don't know. Now all I've got to do is make music. That's all I've got to do. Music and playing shows is cool. I'm not doing anything wrong. If I sound a bit like some other band, who gives a shit? I'm not killing people. It's not starting a war, I'm not polluting the atmosphere, I'm just making music. When you see the iPod commercial on TV or people talk about your guitar playing or recognize you as a songwriter, is it a good feeling? Oh, yeah. Fuck yeah. No other band from Australia has ever?Well, I mean we got pretty high on the U.S. charts (debut album came in in the Top 30). This is a huge opportunity and something that so many other bands that have come before us never had this chance before. And they would love to do it. They'd love to do it. So sometimes I just go, "Wow." You know. We're pioneers.
"I don't really know what I'm doing, but I'm definitely trying to find direction spiritually."
In some respects, definitely. From where I come from we're pioneers. I'm over here now, but if I didn't make this music I'd be in Brisbane. My brother is a music teacher. My sister is a P.A. My dad lives in a retirement village. My mom works at Strand Bags selling handbags. I'm from nowhere. This is, this is huge, you know. To them, I'm a fucking star. No one's living like this. No one could ever conceive that I could be a part of something like this. It's fucking huge. You worked with a band for four years before playing a show - is that accurate? Yeah. I was in a band for four years jamming. I've been in lots of other bands. I've always asked people to get together and jam. That's just what I do. If someone has long hair, I'll go, "Hey man, do you play an instrument? Cool. Let's meet up on the weekend and jam. Let's do a show." I walk into a room and there's the drum kit set up and amplifiers, and I just get excited. For me, it's the best thing in the world you can do with your time. It represents freedom. Nothing can match it. It's like a transportation; it takes you to another place. It's free. You don't have to be like sensitive, you can be like a man. Screw all this PC crap. Did I say the right things? Did I say he, she, we, fucking this, that, and the other. You can just pick up a guitar, blast it, and who cares. You can make your own noise and be yourself and whatever you want to do. I love that. So you are out on the road touring with Pearl Jam? We're going to do three or four shows in Europe, yeah. Is that a symbiotic match for you musically? Well, I don't know. They're from the grunge era. Maybe there's a bit of, yeah, we do explore that kind of aggressive, emotional world that they dabble in as well. We play rock and roll, but we're inherently different as well. 2006 Steven Rosen

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    Hypnot1st
    He's being pretty "tongue in cheek" when he talks about Sabbath and Led Zep. It's more of the "look I'm a genius" image. Same with Bach, he said he didn't study any other musician's stuff because it "tainted his own." In truth, it was utter BS, he was constantly ripping off and studying every other musician he could find.
    Strat_Monkey
    That Black Sabbath thing must be bullsh*t... They even play the same kind of instruments (SGs and Rickenbacker basses) that Sabbath did back in the day!
    ArcherTheVMan
    wolfmother are ace. i have to admit if this interviewer in particular came to ask me questions i'd react in the same way, he starts with silly questions and then does such things as asks a question then following it with another question that contradicts what he just said. by the sounds of it its the same interviewer as the one with herman li and the questions were below standard then too, it's pretty clear why this guys working for UG and not NME or Total Guitar etc.
    frizzle fry
    alot of these dudez say they sound like sabbath and zep which they but half of them haven't heard a sabbath or zeppelin song. just because a band has the same vibe or in the same genre doesn't mean they are ripoffs
    recliner33
    It's 52 minutes in people's lives
    My wolfmother cd is 54 minutes, weird. But maybe the Canadian version of the cd is longer or something.
    Serrana
    hehe, on a lighter and much shorter note than my previous posts, the interviewer picked the dumbest quotes out of the whole thing to put as captions for the pictures. And not to mention used some unflattering pictures of Andrew. He isnt as odd looking in real life.
    r.i.p.bonzo
    ~ZosoDude~ wrote: R.i.p. Bonzo first of all guns 'n' roses sucks a giant cock First of all F*** you,because Slash and Angus are more than anything you'll amount to Bonzo, you obviously haven't seen Jimmy Page in his later years. He was in his prime till In Through The Out Door came out. The rest of the band worked double time, especially JPJ. The result was a crappy sound that Bonzo himself said was "too soft for Led Zeppelin. You probably don't have a clue of what I'm talking about though.
    yeah slash is a good guitar player, angus is'nt bad, but name another part of either of those bands that is worth a damn, axl and bon scott have two of the most annoying grading voices i've ever heard, and its not like i'm saying page can do no wrong, he's still one hundred times more inovative than angus young
    a_fire_inside_w
    ~ZosoDude~ Alright, then why should he say otherwise in the interview. Oh it's "just music".
    Look at all the other interviews they've done (www.wolfmother.com) If you're making a judgement about the band because of one crappy interview, that's completely unfair to the band. We've all had our days where we said some idiotic things, or where we really screwed up. You never know, the day Stockdale did this interview might have been one of those days.
    r.i.p.bonzo
    thepagesaretorn wrote: dude this guy doesnt have any respect for anyone...who brought up such an ass? he contradicts even himself lol
    OMG did you not read the post above you, point out where he contridicts himself, serrana knows what he's talking about
    thepagesaretorn
    dude this guy doesnt have any respect for anyone...who brought up such an ass? he contradicts even himself lol
    CreepyGuy
    Dan The Poet wrote: Black Sabbath & Led Zeppelin > Wolfmother
    Umm.. Duuhhh?!
    ~ZosoDude~
    R.i.p. Bonzo
    first of all guns 'n' roses sucks a giant cock
    First of all F*** you,because Slash and Angus are more than anything you'll amount to Bonzo, you obviously haven't seen Jimmy Page in his later years. He was in his prime till In Through The Out Door came out. The rest of the band worked double time, especially JPJ. The result was a crappy sound that Bonzo himself said was "too soft for Led Zeppelin. You probably don't have a clue of what I'm talking about though.
    a_fire_inside_w
    Thank you Serrana. Seriously, you phrased that way better than anyone else could. And how true it all is... You guys are so judgemental.
    garden of grey
    this guys a huge *****, NO BLACK SABBATH INFLUENCE??? every song ive heard sounds like a shitty version of paranoid!! hes a wannabe, but he has too much of an ego to admit it. if anyone on this site becomes famous, remember you are not god, and also remember to respect the previous gods if you are now really god!
    Shopsy
    He may be arrogant but thats a perfect attitude for a rock and roll frontman
    recliner33
    r.i.p.bonzo wrote: ~ZosoDude~ wrote: R.i.p. Bonzo first of all guns 'n' roses sucks a giant cock First of all F*** you,because Slash and Angus are more than anything you'll amount to Bonzo, you obviously haven't seen Jimmy Page in his later years. He was in his prime till In Through The Out Door came out. The rest of the band worked double time, especially JPJ. The result was a crappy sound that Bonzo himself said was "too soft for Led Zeppelin. You probably don't have a clue of what I'm talking about though. yeah slash is a good guitar player, angus is'nt bad, but name another part of either of those bands that is worth a damn, axl and bon scott have two of the most annoying grading voices i've ever heard, and its not like i'm saying page can do no wrong, he's still one hundred times more inovative than angus young
    I agree with you bonzo, slash and angus are kickass guitarists but they are overrated, some people consider them guitar gods but I think they are just good. Like they both belong to be as one of the 100 greatest guitarists of all time but not in the top 50 or anything like that. And I kinda think their singers are a bit annoying but they are still good, just not my preferance i guess. And I think jimmy page is the second greatest guitarist of all time, and we all know who's the greatest.
    Clarkinator
    Though he has steadfastly denied his roots, Andrew Stockdale, lead guitarist/singer of the Australian trio Wolfmother, finally spills the truth. Here, in an interview with Ultimate-Guitar, the musician cops to his classic rock influences - though belatedly... He may take himself a bit too seriously, and expound just a little too much on the ways of the world, but for good or bad he is an honest young man and here he shares those ideas. Ok I am a journalism major, and have won feature writing awards before, and honestly this is the worst journalism I have ever seen. The writer is literally mocking this guy and trying to sound witty at the musicians expense. Its sad. Its pathetic. Like, why? Why would you write like that? If you interview someone, your taking the aspect that you are fascinated by that person, for no matter what reason. This interviewer takes the angle that he is better than the wolfmother guy (who I think is quite a good band). Seriously get people who can write stories and who know how to interview. The guy didnt wanna talk about his influences, that was clear, yet the interviewer of this story jammed the questions down his throat. Change your story about him. Focus on his new rise to fame. Anything. Its called adapting. Geez.
    incockgnito
    When I first have heard the Racounters - "$h1t, they sound like Zeps" When I first have heard the Wolfmother - "Holy F#$@ - IT IS ZEPPELIN!" Thieves - all what I say
    DelongeFootwear
    i totally agree with Andrew on hes views about rock n roll. when you think about it, it really is simple and easy to play. but theres no reason to bash him for his influences and people seem to forget that zeppelin and sabbath werent the only bands of that era. so i do believe he wasnt influenced by them. but its a breath of fresh air from todays music. people who listen to classic rock only, which i knew MANY people who do, it gives them a chance to stop bashing todays music and say wow, this sounds like zeppelin. i dont particularly favor that type of music, but i respect it for what its worth and none of the punk bands like propagandhi or pennywise would be existent if it werent for the classic rock bands. so stop ****ing complaining and just listen to the music.
    MyImmortal
    Wtf? This guy seems like a total dooch. It sounds to me like I know more about music than he does. The bassist in my band is like obsessed with wolfmother. I honestly think they suck. Woman isn't that bad though and its fun to play.
    GruntFuttock
    7_seven_7, i totally agree, wats wrong with Todd_Gakk, never heard of Bob Dylan at age 43, im 16 and i know him quite well.....wats wrong with u Gakk, i cant believe u havent seen or heard subterranean homesick blues or any of his legend status songs
    garden of grey
    Serrana wrote: Its quite obvious this interviewer was being a complete douche
    i agree with that though. whoever interviews these guys picks out of context quotes, ugly pictures, makes them seem mean, rude, and egotistical, has tried to make herman li, steve vai, slayer, yngwie, slipknot, and any other band to cross the news page look like shit
    Serrana
    sry for the double post, I messed up typing a bit. It should be "I hate it because its mainstream" in the first paragraph, and "he contradicts himself" in the second. And the last paragraph should be "Take it in and think about it"
    paper pyramid
    people.... first off, wolfmother is byfar the most refreshing band the western world has had the privelege to hear since the beloved 60s and 70s. Becuase we are so easily convinced by the corporate advertising agencies within the music industry to simply accept the embracing of the glamorous "pop"-rock.... we become dissassociated with the foundations rock n' roll was built upon...riffs!! Andrew Stockdale is in fact a pioneer within the indfustry of music due to the grief he faces from the modern music world while attempting to recreate the simplistic elements of rock..through his luscious riffs. I have the album and i saw them live...and they may remind you of a classic group much like Zepp or Sabbath ( i thought that myself) but back of ppl and stop accusing the band of being "rip-offs"....they love the sound of that era and they are doing us a musical justice by reestablishing the sound of rock. tell me what you think.
    r.i.p.bonzo
    will1990 wrote: i smell an axl rose dun dun dun
    jimmyjimjim wrote: " i mean, no other band from australia...." excuse me? are you suggesting your bigger and better than AC/DC?
    k first of all guns 'n' roses sucks a giant cock, so theres the difference there. and ac/dc is one of the least inovatave, least entertaining bands in the world. wolfmother is a good band, who cares if it sounds like zeppelin, i'm a huge zeppelin fan, i've seen robert plant, and i cried, it was the best show ever. i'm picky about the music i like, and this is good stuff. zoso dude does'nt know what he's talking about, i agree with the fact that andrews no jimmy page, but no one is no jimmy page, he's the best. but wolfmother is still creative. also stop bashing punk, listen to bad brains, and the avengers, and the clash, and the dead kennedys. thats real punk, not the shit you've probably been exposed to. i hate people who hear one band from a specific genre and dismiss the entire genre as crap, take hip-hop, i'm sure theres quite a few people here who dispise it, but public enemy, Run d.m.c. man, they're great bands, outcast is great too. so what if wolfmother "sounds" like zeppelin, i dont care if andrew hates zeppelin, or if he's secretly obsessed, wolfmother makes good music either way. and for who ever said andrew sounds like jack white, i agree 100%, i tell my friends who have'nt heard wolfmother he's got kinda a jack whiteish voice, with a bit of ozzy and plant every so often, speaking of witch, everyone check out the raconteurs, jack whites new band, they're awsome. i think all the people bashing wolfmother should get off their asses, and try to make some music, see how original it is. you're all being dicks, just because you dont like it does'nt mean its bad. i'd like to conradulate all of you for contributing to the degredation of music. for wolfmother and its fans, thanks for making/enjoying some great music
    facesofhope
    Go the wolfies, better than all the emo shit going around right now. One of the best live shows i've ever seen aswell.
    itsaboy
    This guy is an idiot when describing his guitar, and sounds like a bit of a prick
    QOTSA_MOOSE
    You guys are dumb. I don't like Wolfmother, but I think he's like me, and hates reporters, and the media in general. You guys are all just sheep led by the media's pretenses on what is right and wrong, 'cool' and 'uncool', and 'in' and 'out'. So keep on typing in your Myspace, keep on watching MTV2's latest reality craze, keep on judging bands such as Wolfmother for being 'posers' or 'a**holes' or 'rip-offs' or the myriad of other labels you've put on them. Because in essence, that's what society has degraded into. Labels. To bands like Wolfmother, who are just playing to make music, not to appease these ignorant children who plague Earth, I salute you. Keep on rockin'
    RememberMyName
    I love Wolfmother. They're great. They're makin rock music, n that's all they wanna do. And people critise them. And what he said about rappers and saying "make some noise!" is very true. Everyone bitches about them sounding too much like Sabbath. Well, how many other bands sound like Sabbath? And who else wants to hear more bands like Sabbath? I do, I know that much. Besides, they're Aussies. I dunno what Mardi Gras Sydneyboy was saying up there, but these guys have the same attitude Zeppelin and Sabbath had back in the day. All they ever wanted to do was play. Give 'em a break!
    GruntFuttock
    Grinspoon-Guy, im from sydney too....and they started out in Brisbane, Queensland u dumbass, it even says it in the interview, but as far as i am concerned, im gald they dont hail from sydney, they are so crap, and this interview just annoys me further. You think they are extremely popular, fair enough, they are, but thats because you're a mainstreamer mate, and mainstream sucks balls.... u gotta go underground for good aussis music....anyone ever heard of Parkway Drive, thats what Aussies are made of, pls any non-aussies, we aint all like Wolfmother f*****, we do have good bands!
    beau05
    7_seven_7 wrote: recliner, hav you even took the time to sit down and actually 'listen' to slipknots songs? they are one of the most musically talented band i have ever heard, mick thomson can shred just like every other guitarist you mite wana compare him to. and joey jordison is.. an unbelievable drummer ..
    no disrespect, but ive heard way better. and joey jordison might be a very good drummer, but he is by far unbelievable. he seems to have a decent head between his shoulders, i like his views on having a riff driven song. thats prety australian-esque, like ACDC and Cold Chisel. ive always thought they were a cheap imitation 60s rock outfit, now it seems there an indie band with a rock n roll twist. i might just buy there album
    7_seven_7
    recliner, hav you even took the time to sit down and actually 'listen' to slipknots songs? they are one of the most musically talented band i have ever heard, mick thomson can shred just like every other guitarist you mite wana compare him to. and joey jordison is.. an unbelievable drummer .. and when it comes down to music, its either made for fun or to release emotion and metal is how these guys obviously let it out. and if you judge them and think theyr shit just cos they wear freaky masks then your a dickhead, do you think they just wear them for no reason? theyr not trying to be hardcore, theyr not hiding behind the masks. theyr actually telling you more than you think but your too blind to even giv a shit.
    7_seven_7
    the novice, how can you be so shallow, to not listen to a band cos you might think a member in the band is an idiot. so what? the music mite be mad shit. and yes he does sound like an idiot in the interview, but he obviously knows he's sounding like an idiot and he must not care what all you guys think too he's just being himself. and if someone asked me my guitar sound, id hav no clue either. and his guitar sound is fuzz so yea..
    morello_man
    this guy is pretty arrogant. especially considering they are just a heavier version of jet. The songs are better yes, but thats because they are completely ripping bands who write good songs...australian music is better than these guys. At lest I hope it is...
    Grinspoon-Guy
    I come from Sydney were these guys started out. Ofcourse they are extremely popular over here and their album to me is the best album i have herd to be honest. But what i want to know is are these guys really popular in America and other overseas countries, or is it just mainly Australia? Can someone please tell me!
    7_seven_7
    grunt why should you or the rest of us giv a f U ck what other countries think about aussie music or wolfmother? cos as far as im concerned, australia is the only country that has brought out good music recently. look how big the living end hav made it now.. i saw them in concert at may and they put on a show like only aussie could. if i was only allowed to live on aussie music, **** america. i could do it.
    a_fire_inside_w
    That interviewer was an ass. All of you that don't like Wolfmother, fine. But frankly the fans would like to be able to go someplace without people insulting them all day. Honestly. And next time you try to do an interview, ask some decent questions. That was seriously the worst heap of crap I have ever read. And BY THE WAY . I had the privelage to meet Andrew Stockdale, and I can pretty much say that he's not an ass, a prick, or any of the other things you guys said. He truly DOES care about the music and his fans. So please, leave the poor guy alone.
    ~ZosoDude~
    Please people, this guy is a ****ing prick. He can't write good music, let alone even solo. Oh yeah they're mimicking the band from the 70's so they must be good.Bull Shitt. These guys are making money off of Sabbath's music (which isn't remotely great music) and they can't evn touch Jimmy Page with a 100ft. pole. Now "music is coming back". Not really because now we have angsty ten year olds idolizing some prick who doesn't even care about his own music. Just because he's breaking copyright law and this shitt is different from punk (sorry but it's worse but still the same prepubescent voices singing) This guy should give up. I must say I'm sorry to Bob Dylan for inspiring pricks like him.
    recliner33
    ~ZosoDude~ wrote: Please people, this guy is a ****ing prick. He can't write good music, let alone even solo. Oh yeah they're mimicking the band from the 70's so they must be good.Bull Shitt. These guys are making money off of Sabbath's music (which isn't remotely great music) and they can't evn touch Jimmy Page with a 100ft. pole. Now "music is coming back". Not really because now we have angsty ten year olds idolizing some prick who doesn't even care about his own music. Just because he's breaking copyright law and this shitt is different from punk (sorry but it's worse but still the same prepubescent voices singing) This guy should give up. I must say I'm sorry to Bob Dylan for inspiring pricks like him.
    Yeah I'll admit his solos aren't that good, if he solos at all, cause it's mostly keyboard solo's, but not many guitarists can touch jimmy page with a 100 foot pole. To me, page is like the second greatest guitarist ever.