Hamish Rosser

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Hamish Rosser
Birth name Hamish Rosser
Born (1974-05-16) 16 May 1974 (age 40)
Origin Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Genres Alternative rock, garage rock revival, post-grunge, indie rock, neo-psychedelia
Occupation(s) Drummer
Instruments Drums, percussion
Years active 2002–present
Associated acts The Vines, Wolfmother
Notable instruments
Zildjian, Premier, Vater, Brady Drums, Ludwig

Hamish Rosser (born 16 May 1974) is an Australian drummer, best known for his time in The Vines and Wolfmother.


Hamish’s musical journey began when he took up the guitar at the age of eight. By the time he turned eleven he had switched to drums and bought his first set of drums with money saved up from a paper round in his Sydney neighbourhood. Rosser's first gig was with high school punk band called "The Warthogs" who covered The Clash, The Ramones and the Sex Pistols.[1]

At Sydney University Hamish enrolled in Engineering but spent more time in the rehearsal room with stadium rock band "Bigphallica" and original grunge band "Enemy Me" than attending lectures. After graduating from uni and then backpacking around the world his focus returned to music. Rosser studied chemical engineering at Sydney University[1] and lasted four months as an engineer until he left to pursue a career as a musician.[2] A string of unsuccessful original bands led Hamish to the world of paid gigs in 1999 when he joined "Sixties Mania", a review of the classic rock of the 60s complete with dancing girls and multiple costume changes.

This was Hamish’s big break. A travelling gig playing six nights a week and sometimes five sets per night whilst getting schooled in the grooves of Ringo, Charlie Watts, Hal Blaine and all the great 60s players took Hamish’s playing to a new level.

During a brief break in Sydney at the end of 2001 Hamish auditioned with an unheard of band called "The Vines". He was asked to join to replace The Vines previous drummer, David Oliffe.[2] After one month and four gigs in Australia The Vines were off to the US and UK for the beginning of a wild ride through 2002 which included performances at Coachella, Glastonbury, Reading & Leeds, and Big Day Out as well as Conan O’Brien, Letterman, Top Of The Pops, Jules Holland, the VMAs and multiple magazine covers including the NME and Rolling Stone. The Vines debut album "Highly Evolved" charted at No 3 in the UK, No 11 in the US and No 5 in Australia.

When the time came in May 2003 to record the second album The Vines had toured the US and UK four times each as well as Europe, Canada and Australia twice each taking in such legendary venues as CBGBs, Mercury Lounge, Bowery Ballroom and Roseland in New York, Shepherd's Bush Empire and Brixton Academy in London and every smoky dive in between.

Without taking a break The Vines jumped straight into recording "Winning Days" followed by a gruelling touring schedule. Unfortunately the band’s lead singer Craig Nicholls was suffering from Asperger’s, a condition exacerbated by touring and after an infamous gig at the Annandale in Sydney all further touring for "Winning Days" was cancelled.

Touring for the next three albums; Vision Valley (2006), Melodia (2008) & Future Primitive (2011) was scaled back, and during down time Hamish took on gigs with a diverse range of acts including The City Lights, Art vs Science, Infusiuon, Bigphallica and The Cracks. He also performed in a super group called The Wrongs featuring Phil Jamieson, Chris Cheney, Brad Shepherd, and Ian Rilen.

Towards the end of 2011, as The Vines dissolved, Hamish accepted an offer to join Wolfmother. Hamish was well suied to the complicated and bombastic drum parts of the Wolfmother repertoire and was more than happy to channel his inner stadium-rock monster. The band embarked on a massive European tour and also toured with legends including Aerosmith, Smashing Pumpkins and Lenny Kravitz.

In 2013 Hamish performed on the album "Keep Moving" which was released under the name "Andrew Stockdale" but left the band shortly after in order to raise his new born son.

These days Hamish lives in Byron Bay and is performing with local super group "The New High", works as a DJ and session drummer.

The Vines[edit]

When The Vines former drummer David Oliffe left the band while recording "Highly Evolved", Craig Nicholls and Patrick Matthews placed an ad in an Australian newspaper for a drummer who was an experienced live performer. Rosser auditioned for Nicholls and Matthews and was chosen to be the new Vines drummer. Rosser continued to play with the band as it toured in support Melodia and Future Primitive. He left the Vines, along with guitarist Ryan Griffiths, in December 2011.[3]

Skinny Blonde beer[edit]

Hamish brews beer and has launched a beer called Skinny Blonde.[4] The beer won the Peoples Choice awards at the 2008 Australian Beer Festival held at the Rocks in Sydney.[5]

In June 2009, Skinny Blonde attracted national controversy across Australia over its beer bottle packaging which, through the use of modern ink technology, has a 1950s style pin up girl called 'Daisy' on the beer bottle label, slowly revealing herself as the beer level drops and the bottle temperature rises.[6] This angered feminists who claimed "This is another blatant example of the alcohol industry objectifying women to move product". Hamish responded, "This generation of Aussies have grown up on the beach and topless girls in bikinis are commonplace. The label and website is in no way meant to offend women or anyone else, rather embrace the Australian beach culture."[7] He was also quoted as saying that the beer was a "bit of cheeky fun."[7]


  1. ^ a b "Artists: Hamish Rosser". Zildjian. Archived from the original on 2005-11-06. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  2. ^ a b "Biographies". Dream in the Insane. Retrieved 2009-07-29. 
  3. ^ "Bitter Fruit". The Sydney Morning Herald - smh.com.au. 2008-10-31. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  4. ^ McCabe, Kathy (19 March 2009). "The Vines members launch boutique beer Skinny Blonde". The Daily Telegraph. Archived from the original on 2009-07-04. Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  5. ^ "Beerfest: The Australian Beer Awards". Retrieved 2009-07-01. 
  6. ^ "Booby beer will go flat". Herald and Weekly Times - heraldsun.com.au. 2009-06-15. Archived from the original on 2009-06-17. Retrieved 2009-07-05. 
  7. ^ a b Deery, Shannon (13 June 2009). "Health, women's groups demand ban on Skinny Blonde beer". Herald Sun. Archived from the original on 2009-06-15. Retrieved 2009-07-01.