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I remember the exact day and time when I first heard Australian power trio Wolfmother. It was around 2:30 in the morning and I was watching s local cable show dedicated to showing rock videos. The VJ, a man looking very similar to Jerry Garcia, said that if the next band wasn't influenced by Cream in some way he would be shocked, and then there they were...Wolfmother playing "Dimension" off their first major release.
I liked the song I must say, but I was very struck by how much they look (yeah look not sound) like early Cream. The guitarist even has a Clapton-esqe afro which is quite surreal. I didn't really think about the band very much until suddenly I was hearing about them all over the place and so I thought I would check them out again.
This is a band that definitely reeks of classic rock influence for those who are unfamiliar with them. Especially of bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream, Jethro Tull (there is even a flute solo) and Black Sabbath, but they also have a little bit of the modern garage rock feel (think the White Stripes) in them as well. I haven't really had the time to check out the complete album yet as I don't own it. I've heard most of it and I like it but wasn't completely blown away. Then again, I've felt the same way about bands that are now some of my favorites.
I don't think this band has lived up to its complete potential yet, and my personal verdict is still out at least until I hear the whole album and maybe the next one as well.
I did find a nice little video online though of a complete set of the band playing on Australian television I believe. You can find it here on Google Videos: Wolfmother Live Television Show
Vocally I think they can be a little grating at times in this video, and their songs can sound a little bit jumbled, often combining multiple influences that tend to sound a little too derivative of the bands to which they are paying homage. Also, I would love to see some Cream era style improvisation and soloing to go along with their "neo-classic rock" feel, but they really don't do that in this video which is is disappointing.
Still, the more I hear their work the more it grows on me and the live versions of some songs is pretty rockin'. I give them a lot of respect because even if they may be a little musically derivative, they play with passion, have a lot of potential and definitely love their classic rock. I will keep an eye out for from them in the future.
If you have heard a little of the buzz surrounding this band, check out the video as it is a pretty good show and a great introduction to their sound. Be a little prepared to be shocked though if you're expecting something similar to modern rock because it just isn't there.
There are a lot of bands I liked but never really got into heavily until I heard a few albums and heard them play live. Maybe Wolfmother will turn out to be one of those.