Andrew Stockdale’s Wolfmother isn’t done catching folks by surprise.
The Australian rock trio has joined the likes of Beyonce and Skrillex by releasing an album in stealth mode.
Wolfmother’s third album, “New Crown,” has arrived online with no marketing, no promo and no great push.
With a line-up featuring Stockdale, bassist/keyboardist Ian Peres and drummer Vin Steele, the new recording is a return to Wolfmother’s psychedelic rock origins. The 11-track set was recorded at Mates Rehearsal Studios in L.A. and at Stockdale’s multi-purpose studio the Shed in Byron Bay, Australia.
The album can be streamed and downloaded from Bandcamp.
Wolfmother’s debut, self-titled studio album peaked at No. 3 in Australia on its release in 2005. The following year, the set topped-out at No. 22 on the Billboard 200; it’s sold more than 590,000 copies in the United States, according to Nielsen SoundScan. A swag of ARIA Awards went their way, as did a Grammy Award in 2007, in the best hard rock performance category for the song “Woman.”
A different incarnation of the band emerged for the follow-up from 2009, “Cosmic Egg,” which opened at its peak of No. 16 on the Billboard 200 and went on to shift more than 123,000 units in the U.S.
In 2013, Stockdale released a self-produced album “Keep Moving” under his own name. Stockdale had mulled over releasing the album under the Wolfmother moniker, but decided he wanted to change tack. “For the last three years I’ve performed as Wolfmother, and I don’t feel comfortable about it,” Stockdale told Billboard.com at the time.
The band went on to perform a “final show” in support of Aerosmith in Melbourne, but the Wolfmother name clearly has a lifeforce of its own.
The rock group has a string of international live dates on the slate, including shows in the United States and Europe.
Wolfmother tour dates:
March 31 - Melbourne The Corner Hotel, Australia
April 2 - Sydney Oxford Art Factory, Australia
May 03 - Memphis, Tennessee Beale Street Music Festival, U.S.
May 15 - Gulf Shores, Alabama - Hangout Music Festival Kickoff Party, U.S.
May 16 - Columbus, Ohio Rock on the Range, United States
May 17 - Monterrey Parque Fundidora, Mexico
May 24 - Monterrey Machaca Fest, Mexico
June 20 - Vitoria-Gasteiz Azkena Rock Festival, Spain
June 29 - Moscow Moscow Park Live Festival, Russian Federation