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.

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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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    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!
    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.
    ToesKa
    as long as the music is good i don't give a penny for his attitude... although he is a bit strange in the interview
    windnosail
    If WM sounds like the Beattles, Led Zep, Black S, Beattles, and a bit of David Bowie in my opinion, that is not a bad list to "sound like". I think WM is a great band from what I have seen so far and they have a unique sound despite the similarities. And if you don't like the interview answers, give it a rest, it really isn't a big deal. And you can't judge a band by how they answer questions - does anyone really judge music this way?
    poe_g
    Wolfmother kick ass! what a bunch of stupid questions to ask first! UG basically accused him of ripping of Sabbath and Zeppelin the second question in! come on, you got this guy offside as soon as you started the interview. no wonder he arced up.
    ForbiddenDonut
    name one song that Wolfmother copied. Do you think after 50 years of rock music that every single band can be unique? Hell, we've been waiting for a band like this!
    poe_g
    silvertone420 wrote: wolfmother sucks that's all i have to say
    muppet
    Maitinin
    Quite ****ed that the interview was so much about making him 'admit' that his music is just Zep over again, so what? It's really great music, simple and loud
    skynyrdFAN17
    Serrana : I dont think hes egotistical...but he has had a lot of fame thrown at him in a very short time. I enjoyed this article a lot, I think Andrew is right on. We shouldn't be judging whether or not he listens to Black Sabbath or Led Zeppelin CDs. We should be enjoying a little bit of the 60s and 70s thats been brought into our boring, 50 cent filled 2006 lives. I liked Wolfmother before they came out big, and I must say I am extremely happy with them being popular. I hope they administer a new outbreak of 60s/70s style bands, cus for being born in 1989 I kinda missed out on any type of glamorous music lifestyle. Anyways, good interview. Andrew is the effing man! I agree 110% I was born in 89 too and I hate that I missed out on all of this good music. Who cares who they sound like its better that nany rap crap that is on just about 24-7 and I cant wait for a new album
    5thhorseman
    I hear Sleep Kyuss and the Beattles more than Zep or Sabbath, but that's just me.
    somnambulist
    for a person complaining people aren't too open with their music, he sure isn't being very open to opinions...he's gotta chill a little bit. and he's acting like he's the only person in the world who has sturggled in life... wolfmother's a good band i guess but it pisses me off when the real people behind the music turn out to be jerks
    geetarguy92
    Mosaic wrote: 12-string wrote: egocentric mofo, slap that bizzle Die. And to the rest of you, Wolfmother > You and your shitty emo music.
    dude would say wolfmother are better than dream theater and the like anyways im not really into wolfmother that much anymore still a good band though it just seems like its a bunch of zep covers now though
    ctb
    They're probably really good, but I haven't got the time to listen.
    Kevin97220
    This guys an ass I could tell from the first response he gave Now im never going to listen to Wolfmother
    hippyfreak
    I agree with half the people on here saying that Andrew sounds like an idiot.... i don't think he sounds much like sabbath/zeppelin very much at all tho..... mainly just on mind's eye. I think the music is average but he's got the right idea. He seems to be "enviromentally aware" tho..... so cheers to him. and he's got SWEET hair so cheers again. he still sounds like sort of an idiot tho.
    7thhell
    Wolfmother rocks! I like how some of you say they suck or wont even check their music out just because you read an interview. That's funny.
    Burdell
    i think people who are bashing him are the idiots. he states over and over again its just about the music. why would he try to create some image of himself that isn't true? he's just being honest. i see where he's coming from perfectly clear. he's not an idiot. he just has a different point of view. he's not into equipment, popularity, image, the impact his music has, etc. He's just into making his music.
    Taker
    jimmyjimjim wrote: " i mean, no other band from australia...." excuse me? are you suggesting your bigger and better than AC/DC?
    Exactly what I was thinking. Anyway, he was a little too defensive during the whole interview, but it's understandable. They are a pretty good band.
    supergohan931
    Burdell wrote: i think people who are bashing him are the idiots. he states over and over again its just about the music. why would he try to create some image of himself that isn't true? he's just being honest. i see where he's coming from perfectly clear. he's not an idiot. he just has a different point of view. he's not into equipment, popularity, image, the impact his music has, etc. He's just into making his music.
    That's why, all of what he says is just the image he's trying to create for everyone to see him as some kind of genius. He contradicts himself, sounds like a jackass, and is cocky as ****.
    TheMrDoug
    All I know is that I want to do interviews on coke when I become a rock star...
    fu man chu
    this guy is a total douche bag... of course they ****ing ripped off sabbath, and zeppelin. You can tell by the attitude he had about stealing the line from all along the watch tower. He's one of those guys that has an opinion on everything, but isent quite intelegent enough to know why. Fuck i hate people like him. And who is he to comment on the current status of the world? It's turd ****s like him that screwed it up this bad in the first place. I dont even want to comment on his music either, but at least now i know why it sounds like it does.
    RustyGold
    GIVE THE GUY A BREAK. I'm all behind Wolfmother. You see all these terrible, shitty emo bands claiming their music is "holy and straight from the heart." Which is ofcourse a load of bullshit because it's all commercialised pop. But in Wolfmother's case music is 52 minute entertainment. Nothing wrong with that. Just entertainment, no bullshit.
    RustyGold
    supergohan931 sounds like a jackass, and is cocky as ****.
    If anything, the guy is taking a piss at himself. How is that being cocky?
    R_H_C_P
    I love Wolfmother, so damn much. Best gig I've ever been to was them, and got to meet them all afterwards, they're all amazing guys with great sense of humours, not egotistical. And did anyone else (when they first saw Andy) think he looks like Simon Amstell (from Popworld)? Haha Wolfmother rule.
    krjwa
    you guys are all wrong, do you know how much this guy must hear "wow you sound like zepp or sabbith"!? he never said he soudned liek them and now he is setting the record straight by telling everyone he isnt trying to get rich off of other peoples style, he just loves rock and roll the reason he sounds liek a cock is because hes fed up
    Kadaj
    He seems like a bit of a dick to me. But whatever if people like they're music.
    Bored w/u
    I think this is a great band in the making. Its really cool that you can hear Zeppelin and Sabbath influences in them. It was just a matter of time before the classic rock sound came around again. History always seems to repeat itself. And with music all starting to sound the same again, this band sounds fresh and new but with some old school. I dont think he's cocky, he just sounds confident in what direction the band is going in.
    Serrana
    I dont think andrew wants to come out as a musical genious. He knows he makes his music simple, and on purpose. Nothing he plays is extraordinarily complicated. What hes saying is whats been said by tons of people for years. Good, fun, hard rock is just that; good fun hard rock. He plays it because he enjoys it, and he thinks its fun. He knows that people wont come away with some type of spiritual enlightenment, or a new way of thinking about the world like you might if u listen to Dylan, he just wants to make fun music that is entertaining. I feel the exact same way. And to make this kind of music, he has to "dumb" down his guitar and his lyrics. Rock n roll is simple. Hes not bashing it hes saying what is necessary in order to play it. And about the people that think hes an idiot for saying fuzz tone and that he plays extremely loud. I think hes making fun of himself. He probably gets asked these questions a million times and is doing what Dylan did. Just entertaining himself. Since he listens to Dylan its possible he has also taken how Dylan deals with reporters. probably one of the biggest hints that he is possible making fun of himself is the reference to Spinal Tap in That's important to the stuff you're doing? Yeah, probably, because the valves sound great if you turn it up to 11. Hes got a good sense of humor. He may come off as an ass in this but I think hes trying to answer the questions without putting up any BS about how people want him to "fess up" to listening to zep, or how he should be modest on his bands success, or how his music is prophetical. He said it himself...he just plays simple rock music. Dylan said the same thing himself. During the concert I saw him at, it was 6/6/06...at the beginning of it we saw a bunch of the stagehands put this odd statue of a cat on top of one of the amps. It looked like a very happy cat, was smiling, and was fairly comforting. He never said anything about the cat til halfway in the concert. "So...it's 6/6/06 right? That means its pretty f'in evil right?!(the crowd started cheering here. We thought he was going to play zep or sabbath or something. His voice started getting louder)The day of the beast and all that jazz, right?! WELL, seeing the occasion, Wolfmother decided to go out and get the most badass lighting show we could find." He took a step back and pointed to the cat. It started lighting up in christmas colors. They then went right into love train I thought it was cool.
    Led Wing
    What does it matter if he doesn't know the technical aspects of his equipment? He still makes whatever he uses sound good. And so what if he thinks rock and roll is just fun? That's what it is. Of course you can go deeper, and usually you want to do that to get better at what you make, but some people take rock and roll way to ****ing seriously, like it'll save the world or something.
    SixStrings
    "There must be some way out of here," said the joker to the thief, "There's too much confusion, I can't get no relief. Businessmen, they drink my wine, plowmen dig my earth, None of them along the line know what any of it is worth." "No reason to get excited," the thief, he kindly spoke, "There are many here among us who feel that life is but a joke. But you and I, we've been through that, and this is not our fate, So let us not talk falsely now, the hour is getting late."
    recliner33
    Serrana wrote: I dont think andrew wants to come out as a musical genious. He knows he makes his music simple, and on purpose. Nothing he plays is extraordinarily complicated. What hes saying is whats been said by tons of people for years. Good, fun, hard rock is just that; good fun hard rock. He plays it because he enjoys it, and he thinks its fun. He knows that people wont come away with some type of spiritual enlightenment, or a new way of thinking about the world like you might if u listen to Dylan, he just wants to make fun music that is entertaining. I feel the exact same way. And to make this kind of music, he has to "dumb" down his guitar and his lyrics. Rock n roll is simple. Hes not bashing it hes saying what is necessary in order to play it. And about the people that think hes an idiot for saying fuzz tone and that he plays extremely loud. I think hes making fun of himself. He probably gets asked these questions a million times and is doing what Dylan did. Just entertaining himself. Since he listens to Dylan its possible he has also taken how Dylan deals with reporters. probably one of the biggest hints that he is possible making fun of himself is the reference to Spinal Tap in That's important to the stuff you're doing? Yeah, probably, because the valves sound great if you turn it up to 11. Hes got a good sense of humor. He may come off as an ass in this but I think hes trying to answer the questions without putting up any BS about how people want him to "fess up" to listening to zep, or how he should be modest on his bands success, or how his music is prophetical. He said it himself...he just plays simple rock music. Dylan said the same thing himself. During the concert I saw him at, it was 6/6/06...at the beginning of it we saw a bunch of the stagehands put this odd statue of a cat on top of one of the amps. It looked like a very happy cat, was smiling, and was fairly comforting. He never said anything about the cat til halfway in the concert. "So...it's 6/6/06 right? That means its pretty f'in evil right?!(the crowd started cheering here. We thought he was going to play zep or sabbath or something. His voice started getting louder)The day of the beast and all that jazz, right?! WELL, seeing the occasion, Wolfmother decided to go out and get the most badass lighting show we could find." He took a step back and pointed to the cat. It started lighting up in christmas colors. They then went right into love train I thought it was cool.
    I agree with you completely on everything you said. Like rock and roll can be kinda dumb and you don't have to be the smartest person to play it but it's still fun to play and I enjoy listening to it. I don't think he's trying to come across as a musical genius either, he's more funny to me then trying to be an ass or anything like that. Like you don't have to be a genius to come up with a rock riff, I think that's what he was trying to say, he wasn't bashing rock.
    SixStrings
    ^ ironically that passage from Dylan's "All Along The Watchtower", goes with the part of the interview when he seemed kind of frantic about the direction the world is heading.
    Stilgar
    Nobody mentioned the Pink Floyd rip-off in their music- listen to The Earths Rotation Around the Sun and Floyd's Astronomy Domine. Wolfmother's pathetic attempt of a psychedelic song is a floyd rip-off alternated with the allman bros., all in a grand total of about 3 minutes. Not to mention the Minds Eye video with Floyd's live at pompeii - which im sure is a joke by wolfmother (which makes it more lame because they couldnt think of anything creative so "oh...lets just copy floyds video")
    recliner33
    When Andrew said that rock is dumb kinda reminded me of the time when dave grohl was in nirvana and he said that most metal bands were dumb because he didn't want anyone to categorize nirvana as metal, which alot of dumb people did after they heard slts. But a year or two ago, dave started up the band probot which was a metal band. So i found that quote by dave to be extra funny after hearing about probot.
    greenday_alk3
    Hes the man! This Ug guy is a jerk asking these questions, he needs to show a little more respect to a guy who is actually successful and has a REAL job. Its obvious that if he says he was influenced by those bands then he'd just have to live in their shadow his whole career, i get that. Sounds like Andrew just wants to have a good time with his music
    A7X_hyperfan
    Why is this guy making music at all if HE HIMSELF claims that it means nothing? AND he expects everyone to love him for it? Not me...
    Serrana
    he means it means nothing in the whole scheme of things. 2006 isn't going to go down as the year Wolfmother released their self titled debut in the states. The only-ONLY- band that made music that meant a damn thing was the beatles. They had such an impact on their culture that they are the only band that can be noted to doing so. Andrew probably views music as a way to pay the bills with doing something you love. He obviously loves music. He just understands how limited it is. Instead of trying to change the world with politics, or trying to become a world leader of ambassador he is deciding to circumvent all that trouble and just have fun. You all are the ones taking him too seriously
    recliner33
    edibledevilboy wrote: haven't heard much of their stuff... but he seems like a bit of an idiot... Why make music if it's just fun it should mean more than that, right?
    No it shouldn't. If you get too much into emotions and stuff it's just ****ing emo. Rock deserves to be fun, that's why bands like the eagles of death metal and wolfmother kickass
    matttt
    edibledevilboy wrote: haven't heard much of their stuff... but he seems like a bit of an idiot... Why make music if it's just fun it should mean more than that, right?
    you dont actually know anything about rocknroll do you
    jimmyjimjim
    " i mean, no other band from australia...." excuse me? are you suggesting your bigger and better than AC/DC?