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Neo-Psychedelic Metal debuts an Anthem on The Tonight Show

There’s a New Moon Rising, Blowin’ In The Wind as A Change Is Gonna Come.

This is a Rolls-Royce engine of a vocalist roaring through some timeless working-class poetry. He’s Ian Gillan under an Ian Hunter mop, belting John Fogerty lyrics.
It’s Crowded House songwriting with an AC/DC assault.   
It’s socially conscious Midnight Oil passion, in a new millennium version.
It’s the punk of Nick Cave delivered through an impish TV-friendly face.

You can hear how this Australian band was originally a power-trio –– Mountain and Blue Cheer are dancing all over this stage.  And in the Eternal Truths of Rock n Roll Dept., even a puckin' trio can’t get along –– the drums & bass having split after their one and only album.  So, frontman Andrew Stockdale carried on and herded the new cats you hear here.  All the songs on their first album were credited as group-composed;  all these riff-heavy tunes on “Cosmic Egg” are credited to Stockdale alone, except where he covers Neil Young, Muddy Waters, and Jimi Hendrix no less.  This is an evolved musician (33 in ‘09) in control of his powers.

Even The Jimi Hendrix Experience is a fair comparison –– not for the guitar playing, but for the power metal riffs with heavy psychedelic twists.  And if Hendrix had a voice like Stokedale’s, I bet he’d have used it this way –– “singing” the guitar lines like he played the lyrics on his strings.  Note how the chorus rises along with the new moon lyrics. 

And ya gotta love Conan’s very real, “Yeah!”  He was right into it.  Just like me, he became a fan after one performance.

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New Moon Rising on Wikipedia
"New Moon Rising"
Single by Wolfmother
from the album Cosmic Egg
Released25 August 2009 (release history)
FormatCD single, 12" picture disc, digital download
Writer(s)Andrew Stockdale[1]
Producer(s)Alan Moulder
Wolfmother singles chronology

"New Moon Rising" is a song by Australian hard rock band Wolfmother. It was released on their second studio album Cosmic Egg, released in 2009. The song shares its name with an Australian concert tour by the band, the New Moon Rising Tour, and was released as the lead single from the album on 25 August 2009. According to the Australian Recording Industry Association, in 2009 in Australia, "New Moon Rising" was the 49th best-selling single by an Australian artist.[2]


  • 1 Background and composition
  • 2 Style and influences
  • 3 Music video
  • 4 Track listing
  • 5 Charts
  • 6 Release history
  • 7 References

Background and composition

The phrase "New Moon Rising" was first revealed as Wolfmother-related in July 2009, when the band's New Moon Rising Tour was announced.[3][4] As a song, "New Moon Rising" was first revealed as part of Cosmic Egg's track listing following a listening party in the United States in late-July, where it was shown to be positioned third between "California Queen" and "White Feather".[5] When the album's track listing was officially revealed in August, the song was shown to be positioned second – preceded and succeeded by the same tracks – due to the omission of opening track "Back Round".[6][7] The song received its first radio play on Australian network Triple J on 13 August 2009, described as "a thumping, ripping slice of optimistic future-blues."[8] It will be released as a single on 5 October,[9] followed by the album in the succeeding weeks.[6][7] The song was uploaded to the band's official MySpace page on 17 August 2009.[10]

Canadian radio station The Edge revealed, according to an interview with lead vocalist and guitarist Andrew Stockdale, that the song "was inspired by some very odd encounters he had after work," quoting him as saying the following:

The song was used in an episode of The World's Strictest Parents. The song was also featured in the trailer for Due Date starring Robert Downey Jr. and Zach Galifianakis

Style and influences

In a pre-release review of the album, American music magazine Spin offered the following background and description of "New Moon Rising":

Music video

The music video for "New Moon Rising" premiered on MTV Australia on 13 October 2009.[13]

Track listing

All songs written by Andrew Stockdale.

Release history

"New Moon Rising" was released as a digital download-only single in August 2009 internationally; the specific dates were as follows: 21 August in Ireland; 24 August in Kuwait, Argentina, Austria, Belgium, Bosnia, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Iraq, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan,Qatar, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malaysia, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Oman, the Philippines, Poland, Romania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Africa, Sweden, the Syrian Arab Republic, Thailand, Tunisia, Turkey, the United Kingdom, Ukraine, the United Arab Emirates and Yemen; 25 August in Australia, Canada, China, Iceland, Portugal, Taiwan and the United States; and 28 August in Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Germany, Greece, South Korea, Spain, Switzerland and Venezuela.[15] A CD single was also released in Australia,[16] and a 12" picture disc was issued in the UK.[17]


  1. ^ "New Moon Rising > Overview". allmusic. Retrieved 15 October 2009. 
  2. ^ "End of Year 2009" (PDF). The ARIA Report. Pandora Archive (originally the Australian Recording Industry Association). 5 February 2010. Retrieved 23 February 2010. 
  3. ^ "Wolfmother - New Moon Rising Tour September 2009". Modular Records. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  4. ^ "Wolfmother headline tour this September". Triple J. Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 6 July 2009. Retrieved 6 July 2009. 
  5. ^ theemikeb (28 July 2009). "@andrefool boom!!!". Twitpic. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  6. ^ a b "Cosmic Egg Is Coming". Wolfmother (MySpace). 10 August 2009. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  7. ^ a b Cashmere, Paul (11 August 2009). "Wolfmother Cosmic Egg First Listen". Undercover Media Pty Ltd. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  8. ^ "Brand new Wolfmother single to premier on triple j today". Triple J. 13 August 2009. Retrieved 13 August 2009. 
  9. ^ "Wolfmother announce new album release date and tracklisting". NME. 11 August 2009. Retrieved 16 August 2009. 
  10. ^ Andrew Stockdale (18 August 2009). "New Moon Rising is up now ...". Twitter. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  11. ^ "'New Moon' Rises For Wolfmother". The Edge. 18 August 2009. Retrieved 18 August 2009. 
  12. ^ David Marchese (4 August 2009). "First Listen: Wolfmother's New Album". Spin. Retrieved 11 August 2009. 
  13. ^ "Aussie Rockers' New Moon Rising Premieres Only On MTV Australia...". MTV Australia. 12 October 2009. Retrieved 13 October 2009. 
  14. ^ "Wolfmother - Cosmic Egg". α Retrieved 1 November 2009. 
  15. ^ "New Moon Rising, Single Release Dates and Pre-Sale Update". Wolfmother. 22 August 2009. Retrieved 22 August 2009. 
  16. ^ "Wolfmother New Moon Rising Australia 5" CD SINGLE (485145)". Retrieved 27 October 2009. 
  17. ^ "Wolfmother New Moon Rising UK 12" PICTURE DISC (485953)". Retrieved 27 October 2009. 

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