Playing Live: Wolfmother

Wolfmother comprises of founder Andrew Stockdale (pictured), Ian Peres (bass, keyboard) and Vin Steele (drums).
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Wolfmother fans rejoice! The Aussie band is performing in India for the first time in Mumbai, Delhi and Hyderabad. They will be playing at Hard Rock Cafes in Mumbai and Delhi on 5 March and 7 March respectively and Pearl’14, BITS-Pilani’s cultural fest at the Hyderabad campus, on 8 March.

The band is best known for their singles “Woman” and “Joker & the Thief” and launched into the spotlight with their self-titled debut album in 2005. They toured a lot in support of their album and later released a sophomore album titled “Cosmic Egg” in 2009. During this time, the band also went through a change in the line-up and now only Stockdale (vocals and guitar) remains from the original lineup.

Fans of hard rock and stoner rock will find Wolfmother very immersive. Their songs are characterised by heavy hard-hitting guitars and catchy riffs. Although their sound has been compared to Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath, I disagree with the Led Zep comparison. Wolfmother comes nowhere close to Zep’s sound but they are slightly close to Sabbath and that reflects when one delves deeper into their music. Thom Yorke of Radiohead has previously gone on record saying that he is a fan of Wolfmother, and considering Thom’s earlier track record of bashing popular music, some would say this is a major stamp of approval for the band.

Irrespective of whether you disagree with the comparison or with Thom, Wolfmother has a powerful presence while performing live and this promises to be an exhilarating experience for concert-goers. Frankly, I am quite disappointed that they’re playing smaller venues in Delhi and Mumbai, but considering how India is slowly becoming a frequent stop for bands that are touring and with a new album slated to be released soon this year, I am sure we will have Wolfmother back in India soon.

Meanwhile, whet your appetite with these chart-topping numbers by the band:

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