Wolfmother Flees the Pack

 

This just in from the
wolf den…

By Andy Tennille

 

Grammy Award-winning Australian rockers Wolfmother today
announced via a statement posted on their website and MySpace page the immediate resignation of bass/keyboard player Chris Ross and drummer
Myles Heskett.

 

 

“Wolfmother
toured the world virtually non-stop through 2006 and early 2007 on the back of
their acclaimed self titled debut album. Longstanding frictions within the
group then lead them to take an extended break during the second half of 2007
to consider their future.

 

In
early 2008 they regrouped and worked on new material. Initially encouraged by
those sessions, they committed to a handful of live shows to ‘road test’ the
new songs and to try to find a way forward.

 

Those
dates concluded with a headlining slot last Sunday at the Splendour In The
Grass Festival in Australia’s Byron Bay where rumours circulated about possible
lineup changes.

 

Following
that show Chris Ross decided to announce that he was leaving the band due to
irreconcilable personal and musical differences. Myles Heskett has also decided
to leave the band rather than continuing as part of a changed lineup. The pair
has been working together on songs for some time and they plan to focus their
energies on that new project in the future.

 

Andrew
Stockdale, Myles Heskett, and Chris Ross will make no public statements at this
time except to say that they are each really looking forward to making their
new music over the years ahead.

 

In
the meantime they simply ask all Wolfmother fans to please understand that in
spite of their best efforts over a long period of time, they just could not
find a harmonious way to work together and that has [led] to the decisions
announced today.”

 

 

Frontman Andrew
Stockdale
– the modern-day torchbearer of the famed Noel Redding fro – will howl (ok, enough with the wolf jokes, already!) again, however.
Stockdale plans to add to the pack prior to cutting a new Wolfmother album
later this year.

 

To listen to an exclusive track BLURT received from
Wolfmother’s recently abandoned recording sessions, click here.

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