Release Date: May 2, 2006
Record label: Interscope
Genre(s): Rock, Metal
Thebuzz is entirely accurate. Not only do I buy the hype surroundingWolfmother, I would invest several thousand shares. This Australiantrio will probably receive some sort of critical correction in thecoming months to reign in their pre-ordained status as the next bigthing, but it's not coming from me. On the strength of its self-titledfull-length debut, Wolfmother should become the first band sinceSoundgarden and Tool in the early '90s to capture the hearts and mindsof hipsters and heshers in equal measure.
There's no denying Australian heavy rock trio Wolfmother has been raised on rock -- specifically, raised on '70s rock. Problem is, from all appearances on their eponymous debut, they made their journey into the past via the twin gateway drugs of the White Stripes and Queens of the Stone Age, and once they dug back to the original Zeppelin and Sabbath texts (stopping along the way for some Soundgarden discs and maybe, for lyrical inspiration, Yes and Rush), they indulged so much it screwed with their sense of aesthetics. They threw everything and anything together, not bothering with minor problems like how their frenzied retro-rock doesn't quite support songs with titles like "The White Unicorn" and "Where Eagles Have Been" -- Zeppelin drew inspiration from J.