Australian hard rock trio Wolfmother, who, last year, celebrated the 10th anniversary of their eponymous debut album, just released their fourth LP, Victorious, on Feb. 19. A followup to 2014’s New Crown, the record was produced by Brendan O’Brien, and features frontman and primary songwriter Andrew Stockade handling the bulk of instrumental duties, with session legends Josh Freese and Joey Waronker splitting drums. In support of their latest effort, the group are out on the road, returning them to Nashville for the first time in nearly a decade tonight, March 8 at Marathon Music Works with Deap Vally! Tickets are available right here, so grab yours now and read on for more!
Informally formed over 15 years ago, the first incarnation of Wolfmother officially came together in 2004, released a self-titled debut EP that same year, and subsequent eponymous, breakthrough full-length album a year later (its world-wide release would be delayed until 2006). A smash in their native Australia, Wolfmother went on to achieve platinum status and worldwide acclaim, including a Grammy for single “Woman,” cementing the band, then a trio, as modern hard rock heroes, heavily influenced by classic acts like AC/DC, Black Sabbath, and Led Zeppelin, and akin to peers such as The White Stripes, Queens of the Stone Age, and The Darkness. By the time the group began working on a followup, Cosmic Egg, only singer/songwriter/guitarist Andrew Stockdale remained in the band’s lineup, recruiting new players and expanding to a four-piece. Several subsequent lineup changes would plague the group in the ensuing years, resulting in Stockdale to release Wolfmother’s would-be third effort, Keep Moving, under his own name, briefly retiring and disbanding the name. The band regrouped by 2014 for New Crown, and seem more focused than they’ve been in years on their latest, Victorious. A true testament to modern rock and roll perseverance, Wolfmother have stuck to their tried and and true formula, carried by their electrifying live show and consistent catalogue. It’s been almost 10 years since their last Music City outing, so you’d better make this one count.
We first introduced you to Los Angeles duo Deap Vally back in 2013, around the release of their debut album, Sistrionix, and ahead of their first appearance at Bonnaroo. Formed in 2011 and made up of Lindsey Troy and Julie Edwards, the band gained almost immediate worldwide acclaim with only a handful of early singles to their name, drawing comparisons to acts like The Black Keys, The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Jack White, and supporting high-profile artists such as The Vaccines and Muse before even releasing an album. Festival darlings, their momentum has hardly cooled in the ensuing years, and, following a fall tour with Peaches, the gals are prepping to release their highly-anticipated sophomore effort in the coming months, helmed by Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner. You can catch a taste in the form of lead single “Royal Jelly,” perhaps our favorite Deap Vally track yet, below!
Wolfmother and Deap Vally will perform tonight, March 8 at Marathon Music Works. The show is 18+, begins at 8 p.m. (doors at 7 p.m.), and tickets are available for $25.