To quote the rapper Yo Gotti, "it goes down in the DM." After Givers gave a great performance at JBTV on September 10th, we received this Instagram direct message from Wolfmother later that night:
Having heard horror stories about the cesspool that is direct messages, we at JBTV are happy to say this is a DM success story. And to answer your question Andrew Stockdale, of course we remember Wolfmother!
With no time to waste, the JBTV team and Wolfmother organized a show for Friday, September 14th at 1pm. However, while on the way to JBTV studios, Stockdale realized the band's first song on their set list was "Lazy," a single off of his new solo record Slipstream, which features a predominate saxophone riff. The problem? Wolfmother doesn't have a saxophone player. So in true rock 'n' roll fashion, and mirroring how Stockdale booked the show, he posted this video on Instagram:
Luckily, Stockdale received a phone call from one of Riot Fest's stage managers that got him in contact with Chicago's own Bruce Lamont. Lamont rushed to the JBTV studio, learned the song minutes before the show, and rocked the place with his saxophone skills. "[Bruce Lamont] gave the song something else," Stockdale added later in the JBTV interview with Jerry Bryant. Not only did Lamont perform with them at JBTV, he performed with them for their Riot Fest set that following weekend! Check out the great addition Bruce Lamont made to Wolfmother's set below:
Next, Wolfmother played "Slipstream," another song off of Stockdale's latest solo album of the same name. With Stockdale's iconic voice and Wolfmother guitar riffs that rock fans adore, "Slipstream" kept the momentum of the set going to a highly energized crowd. To add another rock 'n' roll layer to this set, Wolfmother did not have a guitar slider for this song. During soundcheck, Stockdale was using a pint glass to create the desired slider effect.
Our leader Jerry came to the rescue by providing the band a transformer--a piece of studio equipment used to change impedance between microphones. The sheer talent of this band and the DIY spirit of how they create their distinctive sound is a true spectacle that needs to be seen.
Wolfmother continued to awe the audience with their next song "Sweet Spot," a song that according to Stockdale is about "Find[ing]...the way you want to live [your life]." He explained this notion further by comparing the sweet spots of surfing and music, "in music you can find a sweet spot, and in surfing once you take off and you pull back in you sorta just--it's a pocket. That flow is what you want to get in your life." Like a wave organically forming and crashing, Wolfmother's "Sweet Spot" whisked the audience away and took them for a ride that would compete with the best waves you can catch on the beaches near Stockdale's hometown of Brisbane.
After showcasing some of their newer music, Wolfmother played a slew of hits from previous albums ranging from "Gypsy Caravan" off of their 2016 Victorious album, to 2009 Cosmic Egg's "New Moon Rising." Of course, longtime fans wanted to hear songs from their 2006 self-titled debut album, and Wolfmother did not disappoint. As soon as the familiar "Woman" guitar riff began to echo from Stockdale's guitar, the place erupted with jovial head bangs and excitement.
Once "Woman" ended to thunderous applause, Wolfmother continued to play songs off of their debut with "White Unicorn," Vagabond," and "Colossal"--drummer Hamish Rosser's favorite song to play. "It's slow, but really heavy, tuned down, doubles up and gets fast, I really enjoy this one," Rosser added.
Having giving the audience rocking set mixed with old and new fodder, Wolfmother ended their epic set at JBTV with their smash hit and one of our Jerry Bryant's favorite songs "Joker and the Thief." "[The song has] taken a life of its own, it's powerful and we always finish with that one," Stockdale added in the JBTV interview. See the raw power the song has over the JBTV crowd below!
Wolfmother has carved their place in rock 'n' roll history, and we were all happy to have them stop by the JBTV studio for the second time. Feel free to DM us on Instagram anytime, Wolfmother!
See Wolfmother on the tail end of their Slipstream Tour now!
Watch the rest of their awesome set at JBTV by going to our YouTube!
Filed by Alex Ghere
Photos by Bobby Talamine & Wolfmother