New Crown

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New Crown
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Studio album by Wolfmother
Released 23 March 2014 (2014-03-23)
Recorded July–December 2013
Studio
Genre
Length 41:05
Label none (self-released)
Producer Andrew Stockdale
Wolfmother chronology
Cosmic Egg
(2009)Cosmic Egg2009
New Crown
(2014)
Victorious
(2016)Victorious2016

New Crown is the third studio album by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. Recorded at Mates Rehearsal Studio in Los Angeles, California and The Shed in Byron Bay, New South Wales, it was produced by the band's frontman Andrew Stockdale and self-released on 23 March 2014, initially as a digital download only available on Bandcamp. It was later reissued physically.

After Wolfmother frontman Andrew Stockdale released the band's planned third album Keep Moving under his own name in 2013, the band returned with a lineup featuring Stockdale, bassist and keyboardist Ian Peres, and drummer Vin Steele later in the year. New Crown was recorded throughout the second half of the year, with Peres and Kevin Garcia Fernandez engineering the release.

New Crown received mixed reviews from critics. The musical styles exhibited on the songs, all of which were written by Stockdale, were praised on their own merit, but the album was criticised for its low production values and poor audio fidelity. Despite having no label support and little promotion, New Crown reached number 160 on the US Billboard 200 chart.

Background and recording[edit]

Following the release of Keep Moving, which was credited to Andrew Stockdale as a solo album despite featuring former members of Wolfmother, it was announced in July 2013 that the band would be reforming.[1] Following additional lineup changes, including the departure of Elliott Hammond who had performed on Keep Moving,[2] the band began recording their third studio album in Los Angeles, California.[3] Recording took place at the Mates Rehearsal Studio, as well as Stockdale's own studio The Shed in Byron Bay, New South Wales.[4] Session drummer Gregg Bissonette was originally slated to perform on the album, but after recording one song with the band his parts were dropped.[5]

Speaking about the album during an interview about 2016 follow-up Victorious, Stockdale described the writing and recording process for New Crown as "a return to roots in some ways".[6]

Promotion and release[edit]

When the band returned in November 2013 for their first shows since reforming in July, it was officially announced that New Crown was in the works, with a release date of March or April 2014 estimated by the band's frontman Stockdale.[7] New songs "Tall Ships" and "Heavy Weight" were debuted at later shows,[8][9] before the first teaser trailer for the album was released in December featuring music from the upcoming release.[10] An early version of the album was released on SoundCloud for a day on 13 December 2013,[11] before the final version was released on Bandcamp without any official announcement on 23 March 2014.[4][12] New Crown was released without any involvement from Wolfmother's label Universal Music Group; speaking about the decision to do this, Stockdale complained that "it’s a very long process getting anything done" with a label, noting that to avoid potential delays they took the decision to self-release the album.[13]

Reception[edit]

Commercial[edit]

Despite the lack of marketing or promotion, New Crown charted at number 160 on the US Billboard 200 chart.[14] It also reached number nine on the Hard Rock Albums chart,[15] number 36 on the Independent Albums chart,[16] and number 46 on the Top Rock Albums chart.[17] It has sold 10,000 copies in the US as of January 2016.[18]

Critical[edit]

Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3.5/5 stars[19]
Consequence of SoundD[20]

Reviewing the album for music website Consequence of Sound, critic Jon Hadusek praised the songwriting on New Crown, claiming that it "houses some of [Stockdale's] best material in years".[20] On the contrary, however, he spoke negatively about the production of the album, explaining that "The vocals are inconsistent, the guitars limp, the drums muffled. Bass comes and goes depending on the volume of the other instruments. Tracks are recorded at different volumes and mastered differently".[20] Hadusek names his "essential track" as ""I Ain't Got No"", but criticises Stockdale for "play[ing] it too safe too often" and describes the album as "too poorly presented to be listenable".[20] AllMusic writer Stephen Thomas Erlewine also had reservations about the album, criticising Stockdale's vocal performances which he described as "all yelps, lacking the subtle textures of Ozzy Osbourne".[19] Erlewine, however, finished his review of New Crown by praising it as "a cracking little rock and roll record".[19]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Andrew Stockdale.

No.TitleLength
1."How Many Times"2:40
2."Enemy Is in Your Mind"4:00
3."Heavy Weight"3:56
4."New Crown"5:36
5."Tall Ships"5:12
6."Feelings"2:26
7.""I Ain't Got No""4:07
8."She Got It"2:46
9."My Tangerine Dream"5:16
10."Radio"5:06
Total length:41:05

Personnel[edit]

Release history[edit]

Region Date Format Label
International 23 March 2014 Digital download (Bandcamp) Self-released
24 March 2014 Digital download (iTunes)
24 August 2014 Compact disc
12" vinyl

References[edit]

  1. ^ Smith, Sarah (12 July 2013). "Stockdale revives Wolfmother two months after "split"". FasterLouder. Junkee Media. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  2. ^ Newstead, Al (29 July 2013). "Reformed Wolfmother Hits Speedbump As Members Walk Out". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Pusey, André (22 August 2013). "Wolfmother Enlist Prolific Session Drummer for New Record". The Original Wolfmother Fan Site. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  4. ^ a b Brandle, Lars (25 March 2014). "Wolfmother Surprises With 'New Crown' Album Release: Listen". Billboard. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  5. ^ Buchanan, Brett (8 November 2013). "Wolfmother Change Lineup Again: Guitarist Is Band's 8th Drummer". Alternative Nation. Retrieved 19 February 2016. [permanent dead link]
  6. ^ Childers, Chad (20 November 2015). "Wolfmother's Andrew Stockdale Talks 'Victorious' Album, Reveals North American Tour Dates". Loudwire. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  7. ^ Newstead, Al (7 November 2013). "Reformed Wolfmother Playing Free Aussie Gig, Working On New Album". Tone Deaf. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  8. ^ Buchanan, Brett (20 November 2013). "Video: Wolfmother Debut New Song "Tall Ships" Live". Alternative Nation. Archived from the original on 17 October 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  9. ^ Buchanan, Brett (28 November 2013). "Video: Wolfmother Debut New Song "Heavyweight" Live". Alternative Nation. Archived from the original on 6 April 2015. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  10. ^ Pusey, André (6 December 2013). "Third Album Teaser Released". The Original Wolfmother Fan Site. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  11. ^ Firth, Peter (13 December 2013). "Wolfmother 3". The Original Wolfmother Fan Site. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  12. ^ "Wolfmother release surprise new album 'New Crown' – listen". NME. 24 March 2014. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 
  13. ^ "New Beginnings For Stockdale". Triple M. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  14. ^ "Billboard 200: Wolfmother Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  15. ^ "Hard Rock Albums: Wolfmother Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  16. ^ "Independent Albums: Wolfmother Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  17. ^ "Top Rock Albums: Wolfmother Album & Song Chart History". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. Retrieved 19 February 2016. 
  18. ^ "Upcoming Releases". Hits Daily Double. HITS Digital Ventures. Archived from the original on 30 January 2016. 
  19. ^ a b c Erlewine, Stephen Thomas. "New Crown - Wolfmother: Songs, Reviews, Credits". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  20. ^ a b c d Hadusek, Jon (25 March 2014). "Album Review: Wolfmother - New Crown". Consequence of Sound. Retrieved 29 March 2014. 

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