Wolfmother blasts Perth into another “Dimension”

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Andrew Stockdale of Wolfmother rocking out. Photography by Dustin Edwards.

If you ventured out on balmy Thursday night last week to Metro City in Northbridge, you would be mistaken for thinking you had taken a magic carpet ride back to the 70’s.

Fortunately, for the nostalgias amongst us, it was 2017 and Wolfmother had journeyed across the Nullarbor to showcase their brand-new album Victorious on their Australian Gypsy Caravan tour.

The band, led by front man Andrew Stockdale (lead vocals and lead guitar), burst out from behind the curtains like a thief in the night, guitar in hand to raucous applause from the Perth crowd and opened with their current hit single Victorious, which set the tone for the evening.

Next up was a raft of old classics from Wolfmother’s debut album and Cosmic Egg; but it was fan favourite Woman that truly whet the appetite of the packed house at Metro City, with Alex Carapetis (drums), in full swing channelling his inner John Bonham, knocking his symbols over countless times through his energetic and earth shaking drumming.

Stockdale’s vocals could still manage to hit the high notes of yesteryear while Ian Peres (keyboards and bass guitar) was doing his best Jackie Chan impression, kicking his bass up from behind his back after providing the colour and depth on his vintage Korg C-X3 organ; another remnant from the 70’s.

The crowd then got behind Stockdale’s revelation that it was drummer Alex Carapetis’s birthday by singing a rousing rendition of “Happy Birthday” before the band launched into the heaviest part of the show.

If you have never been to a Wolfmother show, imagine if you will, the love child of Led Zeppelin, Deep Purple, and Black Sabbath, with a sprinkle of The Doors thrown in for good measure. Cross that with the raw energy and athleticism of all three band members and you get what could only be described as a psychedelic sexual tsunami for all one’s senses to enjoy.

Towards the end of the show came one of the crowd favourites “Mind’s Eye”. An organ driven grunge ballad which culminated in a psychedelic crescendo with an Ian Peres organ solo whilst Stockdale encouraged the crowd with his endless energy, running from end to end on the stage.

Unfortunately for the crowd, the evening was at an end after set list staples “California Queen’, and “Dimension”, but that didn’t stop them from demanding and chanting “ONE MORE SONG, ONE MORE SONG” until they were blue in the face.

Wolfmother were more than happy to oblige as they ended a massive 17 song set with a blistering performance of their world-wide hit “Joker and the Thief” which left the crowd breathless and ready for the band’s next journey to Perth.

 

Match Preview: West Coast Eagles v Hawthorn

 

 

West Coast come into their round 5 clash with Hawthorn  in good touch after overcoming a 5-day break and a desperate Swan’s outfit to sit 3 and 1 after 4 rounds. The same however, cannot be said for the Hawks who have dramatically fallen off the cliff after consecutive 86 point beltings. Sitting 18th on the ladder with 4 losses in a row to start their 2017 campaign, they’re not a “happy team at Hawthorn”.

Keys to the game:

·       West Coast need to overcome their horrendous record at the MCG where they have lost 4 of their last 5. It’s clearly a mental thing now as the Eagles have shown they can match it with anyone in the competition, they need to continue to be brave when using the ball as they were against the Swans and keep looking to hit up targets in the corridor to open the game up.

·       Hawthorn need more out of their second-tier players. Luke Hodge was an absolute warrior against Geelong but he can’t be asked to be best on ground week in week out as this will likely be his last year. Established stars like Jack Gunston, Luke Breust, Josh Gibson, Cyril Rioli, and Paul Puopolo need to find a way to get back to somewhere near their best footy, and fast.

·       Sam Mitchell v the old club. Providing Mitchell gets up for the match after copping a boot to the ankle from teammate Jack Redden, Hawks fans will want to look away if he plays anywhere near 100%. Mitchell is exactly the type of player the Hawks are missing right now. He consistently manages to find time and space to pin point passes to teammates by hand or foot whereas the Hawks couldn’t hit the side of a barn in the first quarter against Geelong on Easter Monday

·       Josh Kennedy v James Frawley. The former Melbourne defender was brought into the Hawks nest on big money for this exact reason; to blanket oppositions big key forwards. This battle will go a long way to determining the outcome of this match. West coast win around 30-40% of their matches when Kenned kicks 2 goals or less. Frawley will need help from the midfielders and fellow defenders to come third man over the top or at least run back to fill in the hole so Kennedy has nowhere to lead.

·       “Weagles Web” v Hawthorns kicking game. The “Weagles Web” hasn’t been in full swing compared to their 2015 season when it took them all the way to the grand final, but it has been constantly tweaked. Rather than guard an opponent, West Coast guard space when the opposition are kicking out from defence. This helps create a web like structure which surrounds the opposition which usually makes it extremely difficult for them to find a free man with a kick. This results in the Eagles either taking an intercept mark, or halving the contest and getting the ball to ground or even out of bounds for a throw in. The Hawks however, have been one of the best ball users in the last five years, until this year. Hawthorn will need to find some of that trademark foot skill that has been eluding them for the first month of the season.

LAST FIVE TIMES:

R22, 2016, WCE 13.14 92 d Hawks 10.7 67 at Domain Stadium

R2, 2016, Hawks 14.15 99 d WCE 7.11 53 at MCG

GF, 2015 Hawks 16.11 107 d WCE 8.13 61 at MCG

2QF, 2015 WCE 14.12 96 d Hawks 9.10 64 at Domain Stadium

R19, 2015 Hawks 13.10 88 d WCE 11.8 74 at Domain Stadium

 

PREDICTION: West Coast by 13 points

About Me

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I’m Dustin Edwards and I’m a freelance journalist specialising in sport and music.

Being a former WAFL footballer for East Fremantle, I have a strong passion for AFL and the match analysis side of match reporting.

My other passion is music, in particular, 60s and 70s rock and roll style music. Led Zeppelin, Wolfmother, The Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Oasis, Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, and The White Stripes are just a few of my favourite bands.

With this in mind, I am very keen to write album reviews and gig reviews in the music landscape.

Here’s a short video about me. Enjoy!