Remember “Woman,” the hard rock single by Wolfmother that propelled the group to mainstream success? Of course you do. But the song’s creator might have taken some time to recall, which is understandable considering that Wolfmother has endured multiple changes in recent years. From losing founding members Myles Heskett and Chris Ross to having a name change that lasted briefly (frontman Andrew Stockdale had stated that the band would perform under his own name in March of last year, but that no longer seems to be the case), Wolfmother has fallen under the rock radar. Their latest album, New Crown, failed to revive the group that gave us “Dimension,” Love Train” and “The Joker and the Thief.”
However, the members of Wolfmother proved they could still rock, performing at Emo’s this past Saturday night. “Into another dimension,” screamed frontman Stockdale as the trio (now made up of Stockdale, Ian Peres and Vin Steele) kicked off their set with “Dimension.” Just like the recording, “Dimension” wailed live. Peres’ bass punched through Steele’s dynamic drums, setting the tone for the remainder of the band’s set.
The group played six songs from New Crown which were well received. But you could everyone was there for the “old” Wolfmother. When the band started on “Woman,” half of the crowd dedicated themselves to air guitaring, while the other shouted the lyrics proudly. And by the end of the group’s performance of “Colossal,” the crowd was left head banging and jumping wildly.
For their encore the trio performed “The Joker and the Thief,” which came with cheers and applause. To some, Wolfmother has gone the way of other bands that rose beside them, but that could not be far from the truth. These guys are still performing and judging by the large crowd in attendance at their show, they’re still doing what made them famous in the first place: rocking and rolling.
* Austin-based Black Pistol Fire opened the show and are included in the live photos below.