Universal Music Enterprises will mark the 10th anniversary of Australian Grammy-winning rockers Wolfmothers self-titled Modular/Interscope debut album, which first came out in 2005 via Universal Music Australia/Modular, featuring classic songs like the Top 10 U.S. alternative and #7 Mainstream Rock smash, Woman (earning Best Hard Rock Performance at the 2007 Grammys) and the Rock radio mainstays Joker & the Thief and White Unicorn, along with international hits, Minds Eye, Dimension, and Love Train. Critics cited the bands raw power, comparing it to the likes of Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and classic psychedelic groups like Blue Cheer.
The double-album set, issued on audiophile 180g heavyweight vinyl, features four bonus B-sides, including The Earths Rotation Around The Sun, an acoustic version of Vagabond, a Loving Hands remix of Joker & the Thief, and a Mstrkrft remix of Woman. The two-LP set will come with a download card.
After Andrew Stockdale, a former fashion photographer, formed the band in Sydney with bassist Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett, Wolfmother began jamming in his studio, an abandoned warehouse in the middle of the city, earning a princely $37 and free beer for their first gig in a local pub, picking out their name on the fly. The first album was recorded at Sound City (the drums), Pass Studios in Burbank (bass, guitars and some vocals) and Sound Factory.
Wolfmother went on to win Best Breakthrough Album and Best Rock Album, while the band took home Best Group at the 2006 Australian ARIA Music Awards, with Woman taking home Best Hard Rock performance at the 2007 GRAMMYs. The album peaked at #3 on the ARIA Albums Chart in Australia. In the U.S., it peaked at #22, and was certified gold by the RIAA. Rolling Stone named it the 16th best album of the year for 2006, while Metallicas Lars Ulrich called it awesome," and, following its release, I would listen to it every day. Vagabond was used in the movie 500 Days of Summer, while Apple Tree was heard in the trailer for The Hangover Part III and Dimension was used in TVs House.
After we had some success, it felt like labels were more open minded to guitar driven bands, phaser pedals and general psychedelic lyrical content, so to speak, says Stockdale. Looking back now, I do see our first record as a catalyst for a bit of a change in the musical landscape. Whatever Wolfmothers roll or impact was on this change is questionable. Im just happy that we got in when we did and everything I've seen since seems pretty righteous.
10th Anniversary Edition
180g Ripped Vinyl
Vagabond Acoustic Version
Includes Download Card
Original Album Newly Remastered From High Resolution Transfers From Analog Reels
2. White Unicorn
4. Where Eagles Have Been
5. Apple Tree
6. Joker & The Theif
8. Mind's Eye
11. Tales From The Forest Of Gnomes
12. Love Train
The Earth's Rotation Around The Sun
Vagabond (Acoustic Version)
Joker & The Theif (Loving Hands Remix)
Woman (MSTRKRFT Remix)