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Wolfmother Biography

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Birth Place: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years Active: 2000-present
Genres: Hard Rock, Stoner Rock, Heavy Metal, Neo-psychedelia

Wolfmother is an Australian rock band from Erskineville, Sydney. Formed in 2000, the group was originally a trio composed of vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett.

The band signed with Modular Recordings and released the EP “Wolfmother” in 2004, which entered the ARIA Singles chart at #35. In 2005 they released their full-length debut album, also self-titled, in Australia, where it peaked at #3 on the ARIA Albums chart. The album was subsequently released in Europe by Island Records and in North America by Interscope Records in 2006. Six singles were released from “Wolfmother,” the highest-charting of which was “Joker & the Thief” which reached #8 in Australia. The album has been certified 5x platinum by the Australian Recording Industry Association, and gold in Canada, the U.K. and the U. S. The album was also a critical success, winning the 2005 J Award and 2006 ARIA Awards for Best Breakthrough Album and Best Rock Album. “Woman,” a single from the album, won the band their first Grammy Award for Best Hard Rock Performance in 2007.

In August 2008, co-founding members Ross and Heskett left the band due to irreconcilable personal and musical differences, after which Stockdale decided to continue using the Wolfmother moniker with new musicians. After a brief hiatus, Stockdale returned with a new four-piece band in January 2009 featuring bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, rhythm guitarist Aidan Nemeth and drummer Dave Atkins. The new line-up's first album, entitled “Cosmic Egg,” was released in October 2009 and reached the same Australian chart peak, #3, as their debut.

Atkins left the band in April 2010 following extensive touring and was replaced by Will Rockwell-Scott of American garage rock band The Mooney Suzuki. In 2012 it was revealed that both Rockwell-Scott and Nemeth had left the band. They were temporarily replaced by Hamish Rosser and Vin Steele respectively, and keyboardist Elliott Hammond has also joined the group.