Wolfmother's Victorious an album to get your teeth into

Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother – new release Victorious is a mother of an album
John Kearns

WOLFMOTHER'S new album is a beauty – a big, muscular rock n roll record crammed full of huge guitar riffs, thunderous drums, walls of harmonies and killer hooks.

The Sydney band, fronted by the very talented Andrew Stockdale, have been making records for over 15 years and maybe now they have finally stumbled upon their game changer – their Led Zeppelin 4, their Ace of Spades or even their Paranoid.

The album rolls out with the monster The Love That You Give, which sounds like a lighter version of Black Sabbath, and then into the title track, Victorious, which is as near perfect a commercial rock song as you will ever hear.

Its superb chorus and energetic rock groove will have you putting the track on repeat (if you are a rock fan, of course) and render you unable to resist joining in hitting the high notes. Victorious also boasts drum rolls that will make your molars vibrate.

Perhaps best track on offer, though, is Happy Face, which has some beautifully Beatles-esque moments and a particularly well-delivered vocal from Stockdale.

Victorious is succinct and direct – only one of the songs actually clocks in at more than four minutes – and is a clutter-free, stomping rock record that serves as an absolute breath of fresh air.

Turn it up.

SOUND of 75

The 1975 release their brand new album today and it boasts one of the weirdest titles in pop history.

Let me get this right – it's called... I Like It When You Sleep, For You Are So Beautiful Yet So Unaware Of It. Have fun keying that in to Spotify.

The record contains that ridiculously catchy current single, The Sound, and was produced by Mike Crossey, the man responsible for shaping successful tracks for the likes of Foals, Jake Bugg, Razorlight and Keane.

This will be a major year for The 1975 – I've a feeling we'll be hearing and seeing a lot more of these guys throughout the rest of 2016.


If Soul and Disco sounds like the ideal combination for you then a gig has just been announced for the SSE Arena on May 1 that might just float your boat.

Alexander O Neal, the man whose amazing Hearsay album still clocks up sales and still sounds excellent decades later, will be bringing is live show as well as disco legends Shalamar in a double bill that promises to be a fun night filled with commercial classics such as Criticize, Fake, What Can I Say To Make You Love Me, A Night To Remember and I Can Make You Feel Good.

Tickets are on sale now from SSE box office.


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