Andrew Stockdale

Andrew James Stockdale (born 20 July 1976) is an Australian rock musician, singer and songwriter best known as the lead vocalist, lead guitarist and only continuous member of the rock band Wolfmother, which formed in 2000. In 2007, he won "Songwriter of the Year" at the APRA Awards along with his bandmates. Aside from his work with Wolfmother, Stockdale was featured on the 2010 single "By the Sword" by Slash, and released a solo album in 2013, Keep Moving.

Andrew Stockdale
Stockdale performing in 2018
Stockdale performing in 2018
Background information
Birth nameAndrew James Stockdale
Born (1976-07-20) 20 July 1976 (age 44)
Brisbane, Queensland, Australia
GenresHard rock, neo-psychedelia, stoner rock, heavy metal
Occupation(s)Musician, singer-songwriter, record producer
InstrumentsGuitar, vocals, bass guitar, keyboards
Years active2000–present
LabelsModular, Universal, Interscope, Island
Associated actsWolfmother, Slash

On the 24th of October 2020, Stockdale Performed "Joker & the Thief" at the 2020 AFL Grand Final

Early lifeEdit

Andrew James Stockdale was born on 20 July 1976.[1] Stockdale was raised in Ashgrove, Brisbane and educated at Ashgrove State School, Wimbledon Middle School, The Gap State High School and Kelvin Grove State College.[1] He briefly lived in Wimbledon Village, London as a child and has a UK passport due to his father coming from Barrow-in-Furness, England.[2][3]

Styles and methodEdit

Stockdale's influences are most commonly cited among late-sixties and early-seventies hard rock and heavy metal guitarists. Vocally compared to a "cross between Robert Plant and Ozzy Osbourne" by Allmusic,[4] his guitar antics and stage persona are commonly traced to Black Sabbath's Tony Iommi.


Andrew Stockdale briefly dropped the Wolfmother moniker in 2013, before returning to using it later in the year.

Stockdale plays Gibson guitars, primarily a 1974 SG standard with a Bigsby vibrato tailpiece in vintage sunburst. He has also been seen using a 1961 Reissue Gibson SG. Other times he uses a Gibson Dot Studio ES-335, a white Gibson Flying V and an alpine white Gibson EDS-1275 with golden hardware. For the recording of the Wolfmother album he used a borrowed Gibson ES-355 through a 1960s Marshall. When playing live, he uses a Vox AC30 and a Marshall JMP. In the past Stockdale has been noted to use Orange amplifiers and cabinets. Stockdale also states to use a Fender Stratocaster, though he prefers the Gibson guitars.[citation needed] In recent times he has also started using a Hohner Blues Master Harmonica microphone for some vocals.

Stockdale's current pedalboard consists of a Boss TU-2, Radial Tone Bone, Fulltone Clyde wah, a Fulltone Supa-Trem, an Electro-Harmonix Microsynth, an Electro-Harmonix Small Stone phaser, an AC booster, and a Digitech Whammy I (locked into place and set for a high octave.) All are patched into a true bypass looper/switcher array and are powered by a Voodoo Labs Pedal Power 2+.


Studio albums
with Wolfmother
Guest appearances

Awards and nominationsEdit

APRA AwardsEdit

The APRA Awards are presented annually from 1982 by the Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA).[7]

Year Nominee / work Award Result
2007 Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett, Chris Ross Songwriters of the Year[8] Won
"Joker & the Thief" – Stockdale, Heskett, Ross Song of the Year[9] Nominated


  1. ^ a b Dalton, Trent (9 February 2007). "Howl at the Moon". The Courier-Mail. Queensland Newspapers (News Corporation). Retrieved 29 September 2011.
  2. ^ "RMIT Alumni - Home - RMIT Alumni". Archived from the original on 30 September 2009. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
  3. ^ "Wolfmother: the returning Aussie rockers on riffs, ribs and rock 'n' roll". Retrieved 31 October 2019.
  4. ^ Thom Jurek (31 January 2006). "Dimensions - Wolfmother | Songs, Reviews, Credits, Awards". AllMusic. Retrieved 24 May 2014.
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  7. ^ "APRA History". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 23 March 2010. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  8. ^ "2007 Winners - APRA Music Awards". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 19 April 2014. Retrieved 2 May 2010.
  9. ^ "Nominations for Song of the Year - 2007". Australasian Performing Right Association (APRA). Archived from the original on 19 September 2009. Retrieved 2 May 2010.

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