Five months after jettisoning his band’s drummer and bassist, Wolfmother’s lone remaining member Andrew Stockdale made his return to the stage with three new additions backing him. Performing under the temporary band name White Feather, Stockdale and his new Wolfmother played a pair of shows this weekend, one at the Valley Studios in Brisbane and the other at Sydney’s Oxford Art Factory, according to ABC.au. The band’s sets included hits from Wolfmother’s only album (their 2005 self-titled debut) including “Woman” and “Joker & The Thief,” as well as a batch of new material.
In August 2008 drummer Myles Heskett and bassist Chris Ross left Wolfmother, citing personal and musical differences with Stockdale, who kept control of the Wolfmother moniker. Ross and Heskett have since focused on their side project, reportedly called Doom Buggy. “A few things have happened,” Stockdale told the Sydney crowd this weekend. “I have got to say it’s so great just to be able to play some music and share the music — do what we know, do what we love.”
The reconfigured Wolfmother will next play a gig on March 22nd at the Clipsal 500 in Adelaide. Wolfmother’s spokeswoman said this weekend’s shows were essentially warm-up gigs for the new lineup before the Clipsal show, which would be a Wolfmother and not a White Feather concert. “Wolfmother is still Andrew’s thing, so it was just for the purposes of keeping it low-key,” the spokeswoman said, but she wouldn’t confirm if Stockdale’s new recruits are permanent members of the band.