Sound: Wolfmother is a band that has been described by critics and glowing fans alike as the saviours of Oz-rock. They're a mis-mashed blend of psychedelic rock and blues. The most obvious of their influences quite clearly being Led Zeppelin. Lyrically and sonically it appears the legendary band has had a profoundly large impact on this young up-and-coming Australian band. With titles Such as Tales and Witchcraft they delve into mythology which is even more evident in the album art of their self-titled album. Lead Guitarist/Vocalist Andrew Stockdale has a high-pitched, wailing scream that is a standout among vocalists in todays music scene. His guitar tone is a fuzzy neck pickup-driven distortion that presents nothing particularly astounding but does feel reminiscent of the 90's grunge distortions that were present in bands such as Mudhoney or Soundgarden. Bassist Chris Ross appears to be the standout, musicianship wise. Catchy bass lines and even catchier keyboard riffs really fill out the songs and give them that groove that many bands strive for but can't seem to grasp. Drummer Myles Heskett also provides a firm rhythm section that gives the band its backbone. // 8
Lyrics: 01. Dimension: the song opens with a howl from from Stockdale followed by a wall of sound. It feels powerful and upbeat at first but with lyrics like "I had nothing but a piece of paper." It begins to lose that initial breakthrough of energy. The song is essentially a repeat of itself. Too short a song to begin with or Stockdale found himself at a loss for lyrics so he made the first verse and the last verse the same with a minor changes, "I found temples made out of paper." The effect is basically a song with the same two halves.
02. Mind's Eye: a slow followup to dimension that doesn't disappoint sonically but lyrically we once again find Stockdale repeating himself an incredibly large amount. The keyboard solo saves the song but every other line Stockdale sings ends with Mind's Eye. Predictable rhymes and uninspiring lyrics leave much to be desired on this song.
03. Love Train: the catchiest song on the EP, Love Train is a psychedelic groove that hooks you. Clearly the most accessible of the four songs on the EP. What it lacks in lyrical content is made up for in musicianship.
04. The Earth's Rotation Around the Sun: an intriguing end to the EP with the track's title being the only line heard in the song. The song comes off as less of a song and more of a chance for the band to experiment with newfound effects in their array of toys. // 7
Overall Impression: Wolfmother is a band that reminds us of the days when bands like Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath were on top of the world. Psychedelic music was mainstream and people actually bought albums rather than downloading them. Wolfmother brings back that spirit the best they can but unfortunately fall a bit short. It's easy enough to see the influences it has and though it has a real lack of creativity lyrically they make up for their shortcomings with catchy riffs that keep you listening. It might not be the 60's but it's a damn good try. // 7