August 11, 2009 / 2:26 AM / 10 years ago

Aussie band Wolfmother returns with second album

Andrew Stockdale, lead singer of Wolfmother, performs onstage at the Live Earth Concert at Aussie Stadium in Sydney July 7, 2007. REUTERS/Patrick Riviere

SYDNEY (Reuters) - One of Australia’s most successful rock music exports, the Grammy-winning band Wolfmother, is back, with a new single out this week and its second album due to be released in October.

The trio behind Wolfmother won international acclaim for their self-titled debut album in 2005, which took home a number of awards, among them a Grammy for the single “Woman.”

Wolfmother was the first Australian band to pick up the music industry’s top honors since Men at Work in 1983.

But last year two of the original three band members, bass/keyboard player Chris Ross and drummer Myles Heskett, quit due to “irreconcilable personal and musical differences,” leaving singer/guitarist Andrew Stockdale to find a new lineup.

In a statement on Tuesday the band said it is back, with Stockdale joined by bassist/keyboardist Ian Peres, guitarist Aidan Nemeth and drummer Dave Atkins.

The new lineup’s first album, “Cosmic Egg,” will be released in October. Its first single, “New Moon Rising,” makes its radio and online debut this week.

“It’s been a long road back,” the band said in a statement. “‘Cosmic Egg’ is, in short, the sound of the Wolfmother world being rethunk and cracked wide open.”

Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Miral Fahmy

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