If you needed any proof that riff-based rock—hard driving drum beats and bass guitar notes turned so low and loud as to make your chest cavity rumble, topped off with unwieldy hair and led by the piercing falsetto voice of a man in a denim vest—belongs to no particular decade, then Wolfmother proved that and then some Wednesday night at the sold-out Roxy.
Rock-thirsty fans packed the Roxy and swarmed like agitated wasps as the band opened with “Victorious,” the lead track from Wolfmother’s 2016, album that bears the same name. The song was driven by sludgy guitars and an upbeat pace, but it really soared at the chorus, giving singer Andrew Stockdale’s unmistakable falsetto room to soar.
The band played more than a dozen songs from its 15-year career, never slowing pace or energy. Stockdale, his Australian accent and wild hair, offered little banter between songs, moving from “Victorious” to “White Unicorn” and then to “Colossal” almost seamlessly. The latter two songs coming from the band’s chart-topping self-titled 2005 debut album.
Wolfmother is in the midst of a world tour, moving to Mexico this weekend, the western U.S. in June, then to Austria, Germany, and the Netherlands later in the summer. The group has yet to release new material since 2016, although Stockdale has since released his second solo album “Slipstream.”
The crowd didn’t mind. The night called for rock and Wolfmother was more than ready to give exactly that. In fact, Stockdale almost taunted any usurpers.
“There’s still rock ‘n roll on the sunset strip,” Stockdale said to the riotous agreement of the packed club. “It’s not this synthesizer, electro-whatever.”
He got a little lost in his words before coming back confidently.
“Stick this up your EDM,” he said then played the introductory riff to the group’s 2005 hit, “Woman,” and the crowd danced and cheered.
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