August 9th, 2006 06:48 EST
Wolfmother Review - Rock and Roll that returns to its roots
Let’s get one thing straight: Wolfmother rocks. The three-piece band from Australia have managed to look back to past styles of rock and roll and fuse with them with modern techniques to create a concoction that’s refreshing as it is unique. In a modern rock world saturated with pretenders, Wolfmother has managed to make music that actually sounds like rock and roll.
Wolfmother, the debut album, was released in the United States on May 2nd, but at first, it didn’t make a big splash. It took the single “Woman” to really get them noticed. And once people listened up, they realized they were listening to something special. Upon first listen, people familiar with classic rock and roll will definitely hear heavy influences of Led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. While older music is their biggest inspiration, they also manage to mix in sounds of The White Stripes and The Vines.
Wolfmother had to be cognizant of the delicate rope they walk by relying so heavily on classic rock sound and structure, because, let’s face it - nobody wants to listen to a rehashed Led Zeppelin. If you want Led, you listen to Led, and not to some cover band. Wolfmother never makes you feel like you’re listening to a cheap imitation of a good band. They have a distinctive and flavorful style that’s all their own.
The first few tracks get you off and running with some great riffs and fills your spirit with that classic blues-influenced rock and roll feeling. The middle tracks take a softer approach, relying more on vocals and rhythm which may remind some of The Mars Volta minus the tempo changes and shifting textures. But after proving that they have a soft side, they get back to doing what the do best: rocking hard. The track “Apple Tree” reminds some of old-school punk such as The Sex Pistols. “Tales from the Forest Gnomes” has a heavy psychedelic feeling, and the title may be a tribute to Pink Floyd’s ambient “A Cave of Fuzzy Animals.”
There’s no doubt about it - this is a fantastic album that is accessible to young and old fans alike. Put it on for your Dad if he loved Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd. Put it on for your sister if she likes The White Stripes and The Mars Volta. Whatever you do, just put it on and turn it up.