Wolfmother Announce Victorious, February 19
GRAMMY AWARD-WINNING ROCK BAND WOLFMOTHER ANNOUNCE FEBRUARY 19 RELEASE FOR NEW ALBUM VICTORIOUS
ALBUM PRODUCED BY MULTI-GRAMMY WINNER BRENDAN O’BRIEN20 NOVEMBER 2015 (Toronto, ON) - Grammy Award-winning rock band WOLFMOTHER have announced their highly anticipated new album, VICTORIOUS, will be released February 19 via Universal Music Canada, the country's leading music company. Fans around the world got a sneak preview of the album yesterday when Zane Lowe premiered two tracks – Victorious and City Lights – on his Beats 1 radio show. Fans can today get these tracks as instant downloads by pre-ordering VICTORIUS at iTunes and further pre-orders including merch bundles are available at the Wolfmother store. Wolfmother will support VICTORIOUS with a headline tour of North America set to kick off February 24 at First Avenue in Minneapolis, and including Canadian stops in Toronto February 27 and Vancouver April 1. On November 30 at 10am, fans that have signed up for Wolfmother email updates at the band's website will receive a special code to purchase tickets before they are available to the general public December 4. Wolfmother recently teamed with popular enhanced colouring book app Recolor to give fans the opportunity to create their own colourized version of the VICTORIOUS album art. Fan submissions can be viewed HERE. Recolor was created by premium photo app developer Sumoing. The follow-up to 2009’s Cosmic Egg and 2014’s New Crown, the much-anticipated VICTORIOUS is an electrifying testament to the range and depth of songwriter/vocalist/guitarist Andrew Stockdale’s artistry. Recorded at Henson Studios in Los Angeles with 2x Grammy-winning producer Brendan O’Brien (Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Chris Cornell, Bruce Springsteen), the songs are edgy, inventive, uncompromising, and rank among the band’s best ever. Stockdale began working on the record this past January at his Byron Bay studio in New South Wales, Australia, writing on every instrument and embracing the same creative approach he used on the band’s debut album a decade ago. “Back in the early days, I’d play guitar, bass, and drums and then present the ideas to the band and we’d work on the arrangement together,” he says. “I thought it would be cool to get back to demoing ideas by myself and playing everything. It’s a good way to do things because it can make the style more cohesive.” In addition to vocals, Stockdale played guitar and bass and brought in Josh Freese (Nine Inch Nails, Bruce Springsteen, A Perfect Circle) and Joey Waronker (Air, Beck, REM) to split drum duties. “We wanted to get back to that big sound,” says Stockdale. “The album is a balance of garage-y energy and big production. It’s wild, energetic and,” he muses, “perfect for a festival main stage.” Wolfmother first made its mark in 2005 with an eponymous debut that was exactly what rock & roll needed: a meaty, beaty, big and bouncy genre resuscitator that not only broke through to the mainstream, but broke big. The album was certified Gold in the States, UK & Canada and 5x-Platinum in the band’s Australian homeland. Rolling Stone named it one of the best albums of the year, Q Magazine called it “immense fun,” NME said it ticked “the requisite boxes for all great rock & roll” and called it “utterly, utterly thrilling.” Lead single Woman also won a Grammy for Best Hard Rock Performance, while their songs, which Pitchfork praised for striking “a balance between meaty vintage metal and crisp, stoner-rock melodies,” would go on to become ubiquitous, appearing in films (Shrek, Jackass, Due Date, The Hangover I, II & III), video games (Need For Speed, MLB: The Show, Saints Row) and television commercials (Apple, Mitsubishi). Led by Stockdale, Wolfmother have amassed a global fanbase, played to packed-house crowds around the world, delivered show-stealing sets at star-studded festivals like Coachella, Lollapalooza, Bonnaroo, Isle of Wight, Rock am Ring and Reading and Leeds, and have been invited to share stages with rock icons Aerosmith and AC/DC. For their induction into the UK Music Hall of Fame, Led Zeppelin personally invited Wolfmother as their guests (the band showed their appreciation by delivering an electrifying cover of “Communication Breakdown”). Ten years after their arrival, Wolfmother have returned with what could arguably be called their best work to date. With VICTORIOUS, Stockdale once again arrives right on time: in an era dominated by single-song downloads, this is an album worthy of repeat listens from top to bottom.