Wolfmother – The Neptune 7/31/14
Rock n’ roll is not dead – Wolfmother is proof. When I tell people that I am a super fan of Wolfmother, I usually get a surprised look of “Really, they’re pretty hard core.” But alas, I greatly appreciate quality rock n’ roll, and Wolfmother is able to present this and so much more.
Last Thursday, I walked by The Neptune three hours before doors to pick up my ticket, and there was already a line of black t-shirt wearers wrapped around the street. Despite the fact that Wolfmother has gone through so many record release delays due to lead singer/guitarist/only remaining original member, Andrew Stockdale, experiencing nine members coming in and out of the band, Wolfmother fans in Seattle showed how dedicated they were to the band and their great music by selling-out the show. It has been five years since Wolfmother has released an album, and nearly six years since they have played live in Seattle, so this was undoubtedly a highly anticipated show.
If you have been to a show at The Neptune, you know that it is not known to have the best ventilation. Pair the vintage movie theater with a sold-out crowd of hard-rock enthusiasts, and you get one really intense and sweaty mosh pit. Wolfmother supplied a non-stop stream of headbang-able songs the entire night and gave the crowd no time to rest. Let’s just say the word “ballad” has never been in this bands vocabulary. Andrew Stockdale’s incredibly powerful pipes and unique tone soared in every song and never faltered once. A great rock band can be defined by the voice, and Andrew has one of the most identifiable voices in the game. Bassist/keyboardist, Chris Ross, and drummer, Myles Heskett, fill out the sound and compliment Andrew and the classic Wolfmother sound seamlessly with their playing styles. To this day, I am still in awe at how much quality sound this three piece rock band is able to produce.
Wolfmother’s setlist worked in new tunes from the latest album, New Crown, and all of the old school favorites such as “Woman,” “Dimension,” “White Unicorn,” “California Queen,” and a super epic encore performance of “Joker and the Thief” that initiated a steady stream of crowd-surfers trying to get on stage to rock with the trio. These guys know how to put on a quality live show, and if you are a fan of rock at any level, do yourself a favor and pick up one of their records.