After nearly a decade as Wolfmother’s lead singer and guitarist, June sees the release of Andrew Stockdale’s first self-produced studio album under his own name – Keep Moving. The album is an honest exposé of his poetic point of view within his day-to-day experiences and relationships with people. Its undoctored natural approach makes for a relieving listen in a hi-fi compressed supped-up pop-dominated landscape. Our culture is saturated with technology and sterile flawless lines, motion and sounds. Keep Moving is soulful and real, an organic wild rock record that doesn’t drag or go stale, it keeps on moving. The tracks spur imagery of riding in vintage cars, hanging on street corners, relaxing at bbq’s, dancing in malls, storytelling and daydreaming.
Stockdale spent the last three years writing in and out of studios and hotel rooms, recording with a variety of musicians and fine-tuning the record to a point where he felt he gelled with it. “I’m really happy with it,” Stockdale says of the new album. “Totally, absolutely, I love it. I can live with it. I’ve listened to it 1,000 times.”
Following life on the road with Wolfmother, Stockdale settled down in the lazy beach town of Byron Bay, on the far eastern coast of Australia, a place renowned for its surf and creative eccentrics and spiritual energies. He now works out of his ‘shed’, making jam videos for his fans and preparing for his live shows. The Shed Sessions (available on his YouTube Channel) are a warm invitation to view Stockdale and his band perform both acoustic and electric tracks off Keep Moving. The process introduced “a lot more spontaneity in the sessions,” he notes. Of the “shed sessions,” Stockdale explains, “what I’ve done is filmed it in the sanctuary of the band’s recording space. You might see a dog, a surfboard against the wall. It’s a bit more random and it gives the viewer the experience of what it’s like to sit on a chair and watch while we play our songs.”
For an artist with a Grammy Award, numerous ARIAs and a growing collection of platinum and gold certifications in the bag, Stockdale still has great expectations for his career. “My ambition,” he says, “is just to go wherever people like it. I just go wherever I’m invited. Every year I get offers to play in Europe — it just happens again and again. I’ve been basing my plans around that. If I get offers in America, I’ll go there. That’s how I’ve been living, that’s how I’ve been planning my life. When we put out Cosmic Egg, Europe loved it. It went massive in Germany and throughout Europe. It went top 20 in the United States. We followed it. We followed the demand. We’ll continue to do that.”
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