Wolfmother @ The Gov, Adelaide 30/1/2020

Adelaide really turned it on for Wolfmother at The Gov. It is not often these days where a gig gets announced a week before it happens and then ends up being a sold out full house. The atmosphere was electric despite the stifling heat and the humid conditions.

Wolfmother main stay Andrew Stockdale is quite the front man who relished in the attention from the fans. He did seem to struggle at times vocally whether that’s just tour fatigue or illness he pushed through when others probably wouldn’t. Rather than avoid it he was upfront about it even saying “the band will make up for my voice, apologies.” This iteration of Wolfmother features drummer Hamish Rosser (The Vines) and bassist Brad Heald (The Vines, Red Riders, Dope Lemon). They were tight and sounded great complementing the Wolfmother sound well.

Opening with ball tearer Rock ‘n Roll Survivor and Victorious. After New Moon Rising it prompted the response from Stockdale that “Adelaide is bringing out my death metal voice” then asking if anyone wanted to jump on stage to sing Woman. Top job Dougie, he didn’t balls it up!

Apple Tree and Colossal were solid with Stockdale saying that was the heavy metal vocal version. Clearly struggling a bit he pushed on and how could you not with the awesome crowd response who were making up for the long three year wait since the last Wolfmother show here. White Unicorn and Vagabond followed with Stockdale commenting on how long it was since the last show here and that Barnesy had possessed his voice.

The end of the set was coming after Gypsy Caravan, California Queen and Dimension got a good going over. Even though at that point it was the end of the set Stockdale said they had to keep playing as there is a “good vibe here”. Adelaide was treated to Pyramid and Love Train to which Stockdale thanked the crowd for sticking around and had hoped it wasn’t too painful. Returning for an encore the crowd kicked it up a notch with Joker & The Thief. Solid night, love The Gov!

Live Review By Rob Lyon

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