Following rumours that the band had fallen out, Australian three-piece Wolfmother have issued a statement confirming that they have split up.
In the statement the band’s record label, Universal Music Australia, said that their split was down to “longstanding frictions”.
As previously reported on NME.COM, Wolfmother played a fraught headline set at the Splendour In The Grass festival on Sunday (August 3) in Byron Bay Australia, after which their manager said a statement about the band’s status would be released soon.
Since then a press release from Universal Music Australia explained that bassist/keyboardist Chris Ross decided to leave the band “due to irreconcilable personal and musical differences” immediately following the performance.
The statement went on to explain that after Ross left the band drummer Myles Heskett decided he would rather leave Wolfmother than continue as part of a new line-up.
The duo have been writing songs together and, according to the statement, “plan to focus their energies on that new project in the future”.
Frontman Andrew Stockdale, however, will continue under the Wolfmother moniker, and will be looking for new musicians to complete the band’s line-up and begin work on a new album before the end of the year.
The statement finished asking fans to understand the reasons behind the split.
It read: “Andrew Stockdale, Myles Heskett and Chris Ross will make no public statements at this time except to say that they are each really looking forward to making their new music over the years ahead.
“In the meantime they simply ask all Wolfmother fans to please understand that in spite of their best efforts over a long period of time, they just could not find a harmonious way to work together and that has lead to the decisions announced today.”