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Wolfmother Break Out "Cosmic Egg" at Secret New York Show

September 4, 2009 12:07 PM ET

A boozy night out was all it took to convince Wolfmother to give up their only night off this week. The Aussie stoner-rock heroes are currently in the midst of an East Coast jaunt opening for the Killers, but last night they also made a surprise appearance at the tiny Bowery Electric club in New York.

The band admitted on stage that the idea for the gig emerged during a drinking session the night before and only confirmed the show at around 3 p.m. in the afternoon. In the end, around 150 people crammed into the sweaty venue in downtown Manhattan to see Wolfmother turn in a ferocious, hour and 20 minute set of riotous riffing and prog-rock ecstasy.

"It's a full moon tonight," acknowledged frontman Andrew Stockdale early on. "That means something's gonna happen. Someone's gonna get naked!" Though there ultimately was no nudity, there were no shortage of thrills as the newly reconfigured and more expansive sounding four-piece showcased much of forthcoming album Cosmic Egg, including a ripping version of "New Moon Rising." There were plenty of treats dished out from their fondly remembered self-titled debut album too, not least the fan-pleasing "Dimension" which got the crowd singing along.

"When I was demoing all the songs for this record and we were finished, I said to the engineer, 'let's just try a few songs as a joke,' " Stockdale recently told Rolling Stone of the birth of Cosmic Egg's "In the Castle" (watch him play it acoustic here). "There's no real narrative to it. 'She could be the answer to your everything,' that line was there and everything grew around that." Overall, the new album is "heavier, more dramatic, more magnified, more experimental," Stockdale says. "It's super-sized Wolfmother."

"If someone was to listen to 'Woman' and listen to a song in five years and I was doing the exact same thing, that's a little bit unfortunate, I think," he adds. "You can't just fall back on the same comfort zone of what people like. I'll probably do music that's similar to that and other kinds of songs and other things as well," he says.

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