He’s been teasing it for a while, and now Wolfmother mastermind Andrew Stockdale has revealed the band will release their fourth studio album, Victorious, on 19th February 2016.
Speaking with Billboard, Stockdale sounds super excited about the new record, which has mostly been recorded in LA.
“I listened to it yesterday, or a couple of days ago, played it to a friend and just seeing people really freak out over Victorious and seeing the way it hits them — the beat and the chorus — it’s almost like it’s having a second life now, and it’ll have another life as well when it comes out,” Stockdale says.
“I’m digging it. I’m cool with it.”
Producer Brendan O’Brien, who has worked with the likes of Pearl Jam and Bruce Springsteen, has made Victorious “sound pretty big”.
“It doesn’t sound like it’s in a cardboard box,” Stockdale says. “Somehow he has that knowledge of spending thirty years in a studio.”
Victorious sees Stockdale handle the guitar and bass work while the drums are shared between Josh Freese (Devo, The Vandals) and Joey Waronker (Atoms for Peace, Ultraísta). With their talents in tow, the record supposedly has “many melodic beats” and “a lot of percussion on every song”, but it’s still “a bit of a fresh slate” for Stockdale.
“I’ve had enough time to process the success of the first record and finding your feet after success and all the experiences along the way — not to be embittered — hung up or burnt out from all the touring and enjoy it,” he says.
“I think I’m in a good head space creatively writing these songs. I think that would possibly come through, maybe a bit of maturity. I’ve always tried to steer clear from any finger-pointing songs or anything too angst-y. Whatever the feeling is I’ve tried to keep it optimistic.
“I would love to be a melancholy artist. I kind of look at the singer/songwriters who can have a glass of wine and swoon all the ladies and talk about broken relationships. But I just can’t pull that off.”
Stockdale has premiered Victorious‘ title track on Apple’s Beats 1 radio station, and the track is now available to stream right here. Catch a colourless version of the album’s cover art below, and stand by for a new Wolfmother music video, coming soon.
Wolfmother surprised-released their previous album, New Crown, in March 2014.
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