Wolfmother @ Academy 14-01-10

January 22, 2010

WOLFMOTHER
Academy, Glasgow, January 14                  * * *

While hardly ground-breaking, Wolfmother certainly made an impact with their eponymous debut back in 2006. Paying homage to 70s heavyweights Zeppelin, Sabbath et al, the trio made up for a lack of originality with infinitely catchy riffs and a potent live show. Back with a new album – Cosmic Egg – and a new line-up after co-founding members Chris Ross and Myles Heskett left for “irreconcilable personal and musical differences”, on tonight’s evidence the change in personnel has hindered rather than helped  singer/guitarist  Andrew Stockdale’s attempts at rock-world domination.
What we got tonight was a somewhat bloated set full of noodling guitar and disjointed songs. Alongside crowd favourites like Dimension, Joker and the Thief and Woman, most new material felt flimsy and somewhat cluttered.
In essence a one-man show, with Stockdale’s three hired hands adding little compared to their predecessors, it was a night that failed to dazzle and one where support band The Black Angels easily outshone their big-riffing tour-mates.

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