Wolfmother's cool with being called 'retro' - Metro US

Wolfmother’s cool with being called ‘retro’

Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale.
Piper Ferguson

Wolfmother’s more than a decade of reinvention always cycles back to years beyond those they’ve been active. The Grammy-winning Australian rock band have often been lauded as retro, echoing the stoner-metal likes of Black Sabbath — but meant in the most complimentary way possible.

Their fourth studio album, “Victorious,” dropped last Friday from Universal and the band kicked off a world tour Wednesday in Minneapolis. We caught frontman Andrew Stockdale to chat the album and what it’s like to be “retro.”

This album release has been pretty digitally involved. You even have an app to color in the album art.
Yeah, people love that kind of thing. My daughter’s done it about 50 times. She thinks she’s going to win some sort of competition for it! It’s interesting how interactive things have become, and honestly some of their [submissions] look good, if not better than the actual cover.

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Where did the concept for the “Victorious” music video come from?
We had a few ideas pitched to us and this one had the tongue-in-cheek sort of comical ’60s kitsch thing happening. That made the “Victorious” scene friendlier because we didn’t have to be the oppressive force where there will be winners and losers.

In the song you specifically say “She will be victorious,” but who is she?
She’s the mythical character in the song, but I have no idea who it is specifically. It just sounded good. I don’t know why.

With this album — and the ones before it — you get called “retro” quite a bit. How do you take that?
I think it’s a compliment. Everything’s connected to the past, and we’re all influenced from people before us and how they approached things in their style. I feel good about being called retro. I don’t see it as a criticism at all.

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If you go:

Paradise Rock Club
Feb. 29 at 7 p.m.
967 Commonwealth Ave.

New York
March 3 at 7 p.m.
Webster Hall
125 E. 11th St., 1600

March 4 at 7 p.m.
Trocadero Theatre
1003 Arch St.

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