Singer goes solo with the band

The Gold Coast Bulletin - Play Magazine - - LIVE ’N’ LOUD -

FOR­MER Wolf­mother singer An­drew Stock­dale (pic­tured) says it doesn’t mat­ter if he is Wolf­mother or solo – it is all the same thing. ‘‘We’ve got all our gear in the van right now. The guys in the band are here. We are play­ing gigs. We’re just not call­ing it Wolf­mother,’’ he says. ‘‘We’ll play Woman and Joker, Long Way Girl and Keep Mov­ing. I was a solo guy who had a band name, like Queens of the Stone Age or Smash­ing Pump­kins, Ice­house.’’ Stock­dale says he had been plan­ning on re­leas­ing his al­bum, Keep Mov­ing, un­der his own name for a long time but couldn’t talk about it. ‘‘I wanted to make a solo record and I talked to the band about it ages ago but I couldn’t let the cat out of the bag,’’ he says. Cur­rently in the US, Stock­dale’s last gig as Wolf­mother was in April with Aero­smith at the Sid­ney Myer Mu­sic Bowl in Melbourne. Stock­dale says be­ing the solo guy with the band name gen­er­ated a lot of crit­i­cism. ‘‘You cop a lot of flack be­ing that dude, be­ing dif­fi­cult to worth with,’’ he says. ‘‘I can’t get into it and ex­plain peo­ple’s rea­sons for leav­ing. Ev­ery­one who has left I am still work­ing with. Dave who played drums on Cos­mic Egg did some en­gi­neer­ing on this record. I’m at the servo on the week­end wav­ing hi to his son. It’s not like we are burn­ing bridges vibe that peo­ple have the im­pres­sion of.’’ Stock­dale re­cently post­poned his Aus­tralian al­bum launch tour – in­clud­ing a show at the Coolan­gatta Ho­tel on June 28 – ‘‘due to over­seas sched­ul­ing con­flicts’’. Re­funds are avail­able at point of pur­chase.

Keep Mov­ing is out now.

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