Wolfmother is back to their very best with their new album, Victorious. The band is touring the UK in support of this latest offering.
Following a recent jaunt across the US, the Grammy Award-winning Australian trio brings their brand of retro-inspired hard rock to Newcastle.
Opening the show tonight is the Ohio-based five-piece, Electric Citizen, who are performing in Europe for the first time. The band is about to release the follow-up to 2014’s Sateen with their sophomore album, Higher Time, on May 13 via RidingEasy Records.
Electric Citizen treats the audience to a few tracks from their new album, including the dark and heavy “Misery Keeper” and set closer “Evil,” which features some great fret work from guitarist Ross Dolan. The band seems to be causing quite a stir, and it’s easy to understand why. Lead singer Laura Dolan has a fantastic vocal range and is a real dynamo, she is full of energy and commands the stage. Electric Citizen will be back in the UK later this year as they hit the road with Orange Goblin.
Wolfmother takes to the stage and boy do they mean business. The powerful trio launch straight into a triple whammy of “Victorious,” “New Moon Rising,” and “Woman.”
Wolfmother has seen several lineup changes over the years, but the current incarnation of the band featuring founding member Andrew Stockdale (guitar/vocals), the multi-talented Ian Peres (bass/keys), and powerhouse touring drummer Alex Carapetis are tighter than a coil spring. They gel well together and have great stage chemistry. Peres and Stockdale play off each other throughout the night.
Wolfmother delivers a high-energy set which doesn’t appear to subside at any point in the show; the band is back with a vengeance. Stockdale and company give a perfect performance. The band’s setlist is packed full of fan favourites from their self-titled debut album like the frantic “Apple Tree,” the groove-heavy “White Unicorn,” and “Dimension.” New tracks from Victorious sound equally as good in the band’s set including “Gypsy Caravan” and heartfelt “Pretty Peggy,” which takes the band in a slightly different direction than the rest of the show, and is dedicated to some young lovers in the crowd.
Wolfmother’s sound is deeply rooted in the golden age of rock n’ roll. Therefore, it is no surprise that Stockdale informs the audience that “all of the greats are from England like Led Zeppelin, The Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Black Sabbath. You appreciate rock n’ roll don’t you?” The crowd wholeheartedly agree.
Wolfmother closes their set with old favorites in the shape of the bass heavy “Pyramid” and “Colossal.” But they aren’t done yet and finish in style with the classic “Joker and the Thief,” which lights the blue touch-paper in the room, crowd surfing ensues. Wolfmother put on a show that Newcastle won’t forget in a hurry; they came, they saw, they were indeed Victorious.
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